One would presume that having the experience of developing Williams' Formula 1 simulator and leading Nissan's Formula E venture would serve as the perfect preparation when virtual racing took centre stage following the postponement of all real-life motorsport.
But despite all evidence to the contrary given his recent success in Esports competitions, Oliver Rowland says that's not the case. The 27-year-old scored his maiden victories in both the BRDC Esports Championship and Formula E's Race at Home Challenge series, run in partnership with Motorsport Games, within the space of three days last week.
After a string of points finishes in the series, he scooped his maiden win at the virtual Berlin Tempelhof Airport circuit in opportunistic fashion. His victory chance came when Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes) battled with Audi's Daniel Abt - whose virtual car it later emerged was actually being controlled by Esports racer Lorenz Hoerzing - resulting in an opportunity for Rowland to squeeze by the battling duo and take his maiden virtual FE win.