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Rowland Regrets Missed Opportunity for Maiden Win

Oliver Rowland rues incidents that prevented a debut Formula E victory in Hong Kong…

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Oliver Rowland says he came out of the Hong Kong E-Prix feeling disappointed that he missed an opportunity to take his maiden Formula E win on Sunday.

The Nissan e.dams driver grabbed the lead from second position on the grid after another flying start to depose polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne on the run down to the first corner.

Rowland then led for the first six laps before he inadvertently knocked the Full Course Yellow limiter on his steering wheel after brief contact from Sam Bird at the first hairpin.

This saw him fall down the order from the lead to tenth position in a matter of moments.

“I got a good start and was in a good position, then obviously [Bird] touched the back of me slightly and the steering wheel came out of my hands mid-corner,” Rowland told e-racing365.

“I’m not blaming anybody for that. Part of racing is a bit of touching, bumping. It was just one of those things.”

Rowland said that he felt a breakthrough victory was in his grasp after a strong start to the race which saw him lead for the first time in his Formula E career.

“I’m pretty sure I would have won, the car felt good. This one is a nearly win,” he said. “They don’t come around that often and it was there. It’s just annoying.”

Rowland went on to describe further incidents in the race, including when he made a forceful move on Daniel Abt’s Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler car.

“Even when I dropped back, I was fast. Going back through, I was a bit too aggressive,” he said.

“I was there, on the inside [on Abt]. It was a bit aggressive but you have to give a little space, I can’t just disappear.

“I was mad, so mad! I was ready to win here. So I’m pretty disappointed, to be honest.”

Rowland took some consolation in another competitive performance as he again out-qualified and initially ran higher than teammate Sebastien Buemi.

“The last couple of races I’ve been in front of him twice, so it’s good,” he said.

“In Mexico, we took one on the chin and we do understand, mistakes happen and I accepted that and I was absolutely fine after this.”

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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    Sean

    March 12, 2019 at 1:02 am

    No moaning and a real racer.

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