Nissan E.Dams driver Oliver Rowland explained that he didn’t want to throw away 18 points challenging for the lead of the Monaco E-Prix.
Rowland qualified fastest in Super Pole, which would have normally given the British driver pole position, but a three-place grid penalty carried over from Paris meant the 26-year old started fourth.
Despite the penalty, Rowland was able to finish in second place and was gaining on race winner Jean-Eric Vergne, due to having a higher amount of battery than the reigning champion.
However, Rowland decided not to risk using his extra energy to risk passing Vergne and settled for second place and 18 points.
“In the end when it came to it I wasn’t willing to risk the points for Nissan, and we’ve lost so many missed opportunities this year as a team, if I were to throw that away I’d be in a lot of trouble, and I wasn’t willing to risk that,” explained Rowland.
Rowland was happy with the way he managed his energy throughout and race and was surprised to see how much energy he had to spare when he crossed the line.
“I finished with quite a lot of energy. So I was quite surprised when I saw the numbers when I crossed the line, but I was managing the whole race. I wanted to try to have something left at the end to attack but then thought better of it.”
Going into the Monaco E-Prix, Rowland felt he had yet to get the best out of his Nissan car in the races, but the 26-year old thought he was finally able to extract the best out of the car in Monaco.
“I was not very confident before the race that I’d have great pace, haven’t had a very good race all season to be honest in terms of pace, so it was just a case of understanding, trying to put everything into place and I’m very happy I had a good race today.”
Despite not having consistent race pace this season, the Brit has topped qualifying three times in the last four races and is keeping that fact in mind going the rest of the season.
“Moving forward, qualifying three out of four poles now in the last four races, that’s a pretty good record by any means. I need to keep focused, keep doing what I’m doing, keep learning and enjoying it.”