Formula Renault 3.5 points leader Oliver Rowland is to make a guest appearance in the GP2 Series at the British Grand Prix this weekend, having been called upon to partner Daniel de Jong in the Anglo-Dutch MP Motorsport squad.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver rejoins a team that played a part in his climb up the motorsport ladder and adds to a British contingent that already includes Alex Lynn, Nick Yelloly, Jordan King and Jon Lancaster, who also returns this weekend.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me to race in front of my home crowd," Rowland admitted, "I can't thank MP Motorsport and the RSF enough for setting this up for me.

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"I raced with the team in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup championship in 2013 and built up a really strong relationship with them. Regrettably, after all the hard work we put in, we missed out on the title that year by 16 points, so it would be good if I could repay them and RSF for the belief that they continue to show in me with a strong result this weekend."

British Racing Drivers' Club president Derek Warwick said he was encouraged to see another home-grown driver for the expected capacity crowd to cheer on, as Rowland replaces Sergio Canamasas in the MP line-up after the Spaniard fell out with the team ahead of the Austrian round last month.

"I'm delighted that the RSF and MP Motorsport have been able to pull off this last minute deal," he confirmed, "I'm a big supporter of Oliver's and welcome the chance for him to show the British fans what he's capable of.

"We're expecting a record crowd of 140,000 this weekend, so to have another British racing driver on the grid is terrific news for the BRDC and Silverstone. It goes without saying that all the British drivers will be doing their level best to give the crowd plenty to cheer about and that they in turn will get behind the drivers to give them that extra lift that only the British fans can."