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Rowland’s Incident “Came from Nowhere”

Oliver Rowland says Nissan will analyze the incident which lost him the lead in Paris…

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Oliver Rowland says that the incident which saw him crash out of the lead in Saturday’s Paris E-Prix will be double checked to find a root cause.

Rowland pulled out a small gap on his Nissan e.dams teammate Sebastien Buemi in the opening laps but then locked up and slid into the Turn 10 barriers.

Buemi has previously suffered several incidents this season which have seen him have unexplained excursions.

The Brit initially radioed through to the team to apologize but after the race said the incident needed to be properly analysed and understood.

“It’s too early to say, obviously we haven’t got everything back. But I was quite calm and comfortable,” Rowland told e-racing365.

“I had a little bit of a gap, so yeah, it’s a bit strange and It came a little bit from nowhere and I couldn’t recover from it, which usually you can.

“But it’s a little bit the case sometimes when there is full regen and you know the brakes don’t work as they should.

“At first, my initial thoughts were that I’d made a mistake, but then we need to just double check.”

Despite the incident which cost him a possible first Formula E win, Rowland remained upbeat regarding his performances during his rookie season which has seen him take two pole positions and a second place finish in Sanya.

“I turn up and already in Free Practice, top twos, top threes, then on pole, so it is going brilliantly and on that side I think I’m doing a good job,” he said.

“I think I have to be quite happy with how I am doing. But I am a rookie so sometimes you make mistakes, it’s just how I learn from them and come back.”

Rowland fought back from his incident and was on the cusp of challenging for a points-scoring position before he collided with Alexander Sims’ BMW.

“Obviously when I crashed the two laps after that I was a bit upset and then I thought I am going to use it just to learn and see where my pace was,” he said.

“I was fast, I think I was the fastest of anybody on the track, so that was good.

“Then obviously it rained and people started going a little bit everywhere and to be honest if I’d have just stayed a bit calmer I think I could have got some points but I was too optimistic with Alex [Sims] and hit him.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam



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    April 28, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    He’s doing a great job. The win will come. Just like with Wehrlein, it’s an inevitability.

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    Laurent A

    April 29, 2019 at 4:23 am

    looks like the twin mgu/ flywheel software needs a bit more work, seemed to be pushing him straight on when he wanted to brake and turn in, a bit like Buemi in Santiago. Perhaps the FIA will grow a pair and ban it because it contravenes their own rules!

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