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In-Demand Rowland Targeted by Rivals

Oliver Rowland targeted by rival teams after impressive debut season…

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Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland has been approached by several rival teams who have made serious enquiries regarding his future plans in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, e-racing365 has learned.

The British driver, who has been one of this season’s standout rookie drivers, was only announced at Nissan on the eve of December’s season-opener in Saudi Arabia.

He has out-scored teammate and Season Two champion Sebastien Buemi by two points so far this season and has claimed two podium finishes as opposed to the Swiss driver’s one.

This has come despite having just half a day of dry-weather pre-season running under his belt prior to the start of the season.

Rowland has so far fared well against his more experienced teammate, taking three pole positions to Buemi’s two, putting the pair level 5-5 on qualifying performance ahead of this month’s Bern E-Prix.

His eye-catching race performances, including his runner-up finishes in Sanya and Monaco, have seen the 26-year-old’s stock rise quickly throughout the season.

This has prompted several rival teams to take a close interest in Rowland, with approaches having been made in both Monaco and Berlin in recent weeks.

It is believed that he has a long-term contract in place with Nissan, while Buemi signed a new deal with the Japanese manufacturer recently.

The driver market is currently fluid, with prime seats at Porsche, Mercedes and Jaguar among the most coveted.

DS Techeetah, meanwhile, could be forced to find a replacement for Andre Lotterer, should the German be bought out of his current contract.

E-racing365 reported in January that Lotterer could join former Porsche LMP1 teammate Neel Jani for the German manufacturer’s Formula E debut.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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