Renault has launched a new racing academy to help support and develop young talent across different disciplines of motorsport, with reigning Formula Renault 3.5 series champion being backed as he moves into the GP2 Series.
Rowland, alongside 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps winner Jack Aitken, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC winner Louis Delétraz and runner-up Kevin Joerg, will be supported by the French manufacturer's new Renault Sport Racing in their 2016 campaigns.
Rowland moves into GP2, Deletraz graduates into the newly formed Formula V8 3.5 while Aitken and Joerg both step up to the GP3 series with each driver given specific targets.
Each member will be given an educational programme into Renault's values and racing heritage as well as fitness and training schedules with Mia Sharizman Ismail overseeing the academy.
Renault is confident it can help its drivers achieve its maximum potential in 2016 and hopes they can emulate the success of previous graduates Robert Kubica, Lucas di Grassi, Pastor Maldonado, Heikki Kovalainen, Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Romain Grosjean.
“The Renault Sport Academy underlines the commitment of Renault Sport Racing to nurture young talent to develop the Formula 1 stars of the future,” Frederic Vasseur, Racing Director at Renault Sport Racing said. “The motivation is not just altruistic; we want these drivers to become future Formula One World Champions and we are putting every tool at their disposal to achieve this aim.”