Williams dismisses Rowland's seat talks claim
8 December 2017 – Williams has dismissed suggestions made by Formula 2 racer Oliver Rowland that the Briton is in discussions for the team's vacant seat in 2018.
Williams holds the only available berth on next year's grid, and has evaluated Robert Kubica, Paul di Resta and Sergey Sirotkin, with Daniil Kvyat also mooted as a candidate.
Williams has remained tight-lipped on its assessment process, but on Friday Oliver Rowland's team posted a statement confirming that he was "in talks" with the team over 2018.
"The 25-year-old hasn't been considered an option until now with Williams still undecided on who to put in the car next year," read a statement.
Rowland added: "My team is in talks with Williams, as they are with other teams. British car, British driver it fits well.
"Lots of drivers seem to be in the frame for 2018, so we will just have to see what happens."
However, when contacted for a reply by GPUpdate.net, Williams rubbished Rowland's claims, insisting that he is not under consideration to partner Lance Stroll next season.
"He is not in contention for the race seat and has not had discussions regarding this role," a team spokesperson said.
"We have not got any plans for roles beyond our race drivers at present."
Rowland finished third in this year's Formula 2 championship, behind 2018 Sauber racer Charles Leclerc and category veteran Artem Markelov.
Rowland participated in Formula 2's post-season test with Racing Engineering, switching across from DAMS, and has spent time in Japan over a potential Super Formula role.