New Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland has been confirmed as the replacement driver for the injured Nick Heidfeld at Mahindra Racing for the third rounds of the 2015-2016 Formula E, the Punta del Estre ePrix.

Heidfeld has recently undergone minor surgery after injuring his hand in the previous round in Malaysia which also ruled him out of the World Endurance Championship season finale with LMP1 squad Rebellion Racing in Bahrain two weeks ago.

Rowland stormed to the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 with Fortec Motorsports and has also made frequent appearances in the GP2 series this year, finishing in the points on his debut.

The 23-year-old British driver is relishing his maiden outing in Formula E and will get to grips with the Mahindra Formula E machine at the team's simulator before travelling to Uruguay.

"After a successful year, I am excited to have this opportunity to extend my season further and race the M2Electro," Rowland said. "Formula E represents many aspects of the future of motorsport and it gained huge traction in the first season. It has one of the most competitive driver line-ups and I am looking forward to some close racing among them and I hope to show what I can do.

"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. Thank you to Mahindra Racing for the opportunity and I wish Nick Heidfeld a quick recovery."

Heidfeld has explained he damaged a ligament in his left wrist in a crash during the Putrajaya ePrix last month and will be out of action until the new year.

"On the advice of my doctors, I have undergone an operation to repair it," Heidfeld said. "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."



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