Rowland optimistic over challenging Leclerc
2 August 2017 – Oliver Rowland believes he and DAMS are "right back in there" after a strong weekend at the Hungaroring, as he followed up victory with second place in Formula 2.
Rowland prevailed in a race-long scrap with Artem Markelov in the Feature Race, which came to a dramatic conclusion after the Russian's move along the pit straight failed in spectacular fashion.
Rowland surged forward from eighth on the grid in the Sprint Race to run fourth, before picking off Luca Ghiotto and Nyck De Vries to collect second position.
The Renault-affiliated driver now sits 50 points behind title leader Charles Leclerc, and reckons he is well placed to provide a greater threat to his Prema rival.
"After Silverstone I was disappointed with myself after Race 2 as there were too many errors on my part, probably because it was my home race and I was enthusiastic," he said.
"But it was starting to get to the stage where Charles was gone and that I was fighting for second, and I didn't want to believe that.
"Obviously anything can happen, and after this weekend we're right back in there.
"We're not quite with him but we're closing, and if we keep this pace we can challenge him to the end of the year."
Rowland will get behind the wheel of Renault's 2012-spec Formula 1 car for a demonstration run at Assen this weekend, as part of the Gamma Racing Day event.