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Rowland Felt “Comfortable” on E-Prix Debut

Oliver Rowland pleased with performance in his first E-Prix outing with Nissan e.dams…

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Formula E rookie Oliver Rowland said he was satisfied with his debut performance for Nissan e.dams in Saudi Arabia which was rewarded with a seventh-place finish.

Rowland had only a handful of semi-dry laps of testing at Valencia in October under his belt before he started his first Formula E race on Saturday.

“I think I have to be very happy with the job the team did and I did today and it was a good race to start the season,” Rowland told e-racing365.

“I was actually quite surprised how comfortable I felt, especially at high speed I could push the car very hard and I felt confident.

“I always aim for a little bit more but considering I hardly did any laps and then what happened with the rain, it was my first time in the dry – the whole thing was learning and I adapted quite fast.

“Had you given me the circumstances of today, I would have definitely taken it.”

Rowland had a fraught battle with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt, which saw the pair come close to touching on several occasions.

“The walls, I wasn’t even thinking about them as I had a good rhythm and started to drive well,” he said.

“The first three or four laps were mad, and I was just trying to hold position, go for it a little bit and also keep track of the energy it was quite difficult but I really enjoyed it.”

Nissan took 14 points from its first race weekend with e.dams to put it fourth in the teams’ standings heading to Marrakesh, where the French squad won in Season Three with Buemi.

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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