Rowland exploring Super Formula for 2018
2 December 2017 – Renault development driver Oliver Rowland says Super Formula is an option for 2018, though has hinted at staying in Formula 2 to "avenge" his 2017 result.
Rowland stepped up to GP2/F2 in the wake of taking the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 title, and classified ninth with MP Motorsport, before moving across the DAMS for 2017.
Rowland outlined his ambitions to fight for the title but, with Charles Leclerc running away with crown, slipped to third in Abu Dhabi, having been excluded from the Feature Race win.
Rowland is set to meet with Team LeMans – which guided Felix Rosenqvist to third overall this year – as he explores Super Formula as an option, though it is not clear whether he will partake in the upcoming test.
Rowland commented: "[Japan is] a fantastic country and my trip will bring back special memories as I won the world championship there in 2010 during my karting career.
"Super Formula has really progressed in recent years and has provided a great platform for Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly to progress to Formula 1.
"To follow in their footsteps would be fantastic but we will have to see."
Rowland, though, says Formula 1 remains his target in the future, and that staying in Formula 2 could still be viable, having tested for Racing Engineering at Yas Marina this week.
"I'm still undecided of what route to take in 2018, the realistic aim now is to be in F1 in 2019 and that's what I will be pushing for," he commented.
"I was disappointed with my third-placed finish as I think me and the team deserved more but that's racing.
"Part of me wants to avenge that and try and win the championship next season but I will let my team decide what is best for my future.
"With lots of options on the table we are in no rush to make a decision."