Oliver Rowland put an end to his disappointing Formula Renault 3.5 weekend with a race two podium at Paul Ricard, France.

The Briton was struggling all weekend with a fuel pressure fault, the problem even hampering his chances of securing pole position for race one on Saturday. Crash.net understands that Fortec Motorsport mechanics fitted the car number four with a new part prior to Sunday running.

However, the team were once again struck down in the latter stages of race two qualifying with Rowland starting in eighth. He would later climb through the grid to join Red Bull youngsters Carlos Sainz Jr and Pierre Gasly on the podium, his best result in three races.

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"It was kind of nice damage limitation," the Racing Steps Foundation driver explained. "To finish third is a good thing considering my spot on the grid."

Pole-man Gasly was able to build a gap to the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup runner up with tyre wear curtailing Rowland's chances of battling for second.

"I had good pace, I caught up to Pierre, but the tyre degradation was too much at the end of the race," he said post-race.

"I wasn't really satisfied with my qualifying result and I knew that I would have to use one of my tyres from yesterday."

Rowland's thirteenth place on Saturday dropped him out of contention for the 2014 FR3.5 championship. Jerez will host the final round in October where Carlos Sainz Jr will be the favourite to take the crown becoming the first Red Bull junior to achieve this feat.