The Briton has been a title contender throughout the 2017 season. He was disappointed to leave Jerez last month having to watch Charles Leclerc take the crown. He was determined however to become Vice Champion in Abu Dhabi. His mission: to keep Artem Markelov at bay. Things did not go to plan after the Russian grabbed pole position, but Rowland knew that with the right strategy and a perfect drive, he could fight for the win from P4 on the grid. The DAMS ace thought he was one step closer to achieving his goal after he claimed victory on Saturday ahead of his Russian rival. Sadly for him, it was found after the chequered flag that he had finished the race with a skid block which was below the prescribed thickness in the Technical Regulations. As a consequence, he was disqualified from the results which meant Markelov was handed the win and enough points to secure second in the Championship. On the last race of 2017, Rowland proved once again why he was a top man throughout the season: he started last on the grid but carved his way up to seventh at the flag, signing off in style.