Oliver Rowland will be replacing Nick Heidfeld at the Uruguay round of the series later this month, after the former Formula 1 driver damaged a ligament in his hand from the previous round in Putrajaya.
“During the Putrajaya ePrix, I damaged a ligament in my left wrist when the steering wheel snapped out of my hand,” said Heidfeld. “On the advice of my doctors, I have undergone an operation to repair it. Unfortunately this means that I will miss the next race in Punta del Este but I wish the team well and hope they return from Uruguay with a Christmas stocking full of points.”
The Formula Renault 3.5 champion will be pairing with Bruno Senna at Mahindra, after spending the last week in Abu Dhabi testing in GP2 with Prema. There he managed to set the 17th fastest time overall as the team get to grips with the new equipment, something Rowland will be doing with the Formula E car in Uruguay on his debut.
“Formula E represents many aspects of the future of motorsport and it gained huge traction in the first season,” he said. “It will be a steep learning curve to get to grips with the new electric racing technology but I’m sure that once the visor goes down, we will have some fun. I intend to make the most of this opportunity and extract the maximum out of the car.”