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Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist
Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Date of Birth 7 November 1991
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2016 Hong Kong ePrix
Championships Unknown
Wins 3
First Win Unknown
Former Teams Unknown
Formula E Career
Total Entries 24 (24 Starts)
Poles 6
Fastest Laps 3
Total Points 127
FanBoosts 3
Current Season
Team Flag of India Mahindra Racing
Number Standings Points
19 6th 96
Felix Rosenqvist, born 7 November 1991, is a Swedish racing driver, who made his debut during the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship with Mahindra Racing.[1] An accomplished driver in Formula 3 level events, Rosenqvist becomes the first Scandinavian driver to race in Formula E, bringing experience from both the DTM and Indy Lights Championships.[2]

After a successful debut season, including a maiden win in BerlinRosenqvist re-signed with Mahindra for 2017/18 in hopes of mounting a title bid.[3] However, a promising start to the season would see Rosenqvist's title hopes fade mid-season, with the Mahindra unable to match the versatility of its rival designs.[4]

BackgroundEdit

After a strong karting career, Rosenqvist graduated to his first proper racing seat in 2007, taking part in the Formula Renault 2.0 Asia and Chinese Formula Renault races at the end of the season, before getting a chance at Formula Asia 2.0 for 2008.[5] The following two seasons saw Rosenqvist take the FA 2.0 honours, as well as the Formula Renault titles in his native Sweden and the NEZ Cup.[5]

The European RealmEdit

For 2010, Rosenqvist obtained a drive in the German Formula Three Championship, where two wins earned him a seat in Formula 3 Euro Series for 2011.[6] The Swede claimed one win, as well as his first victory in the one-off Masters of Formula 3 event, leaving him with 2012 drives in the Euro Series, FIA European Formula 3 Championship and entries for the Masters and Macau Grand Prix.[6] Come the end of the 2012 season, Rosenqvist would be third in the European F3 Championship, fourth in the final edition of the Euro Series, and claimed second at the Macau race.[6]

2013 saw Rosenqvist mount a Championship campaign in European F3, with the Swede ultimately missing out on the title at the season finale, although he could console himself with another triumph in the Masters race.[5] 2014 saw his title campaign in F3 fall apart early on, leaving him eighth come seasons end, although an excellent display at Macau saw Rosenqvist earn yet another honour.[6] The Swede's late season flurry in 2014 saw him go on to dominate in 2015, with Rosenqvist taking thirteen wins in the European F3 Championship to take the title, and take a second win at Macau, becoming the most successful driver at F3 level in terms of honours.[6]

International ChallengesEdit

The 2016 season saw Rosenqvist take up opportunities across the world, including drives in the Indy Lights series in the US, Blancpain GT Series in Asia and Europe, and a test/reserve role in the DTM.[6] A mid-season change in Formula One saw Rosenqvist drafted into a full DTM seat for the rest of the season, as he followed the path of António Félix da Costa by combining campaigns in DTM and Formula E.[6]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Mahindra Racing decided to replace the outgoing Bruno Senna with a young driver for the upcoming 2016/17 season, with Rosenqvist one of their leading candidates.[1] The Swede was keen and so a deal was struck before the start of the 2016 Donington Test, where Rosenqvist proved to be more than a match for experienced teammate Nick Heidfeld over the six days.[1]

Debut DelightsEdit

Rosenqvist's debut would not go to plan in Hong Kong, although the Swede did secure fastest lap after an issue with his first car.[7] He would follow that up by taking a stunning pole in Marrakech, although he would ultimately slip to third in the race due to his energy consumption.[8] A disappointing couple of races followed for Rosenqvist, the Swede only claiming a single point in Buenos Aires and Mexico City.

The return to Europe in early 2017 saw Rosenqvist's consistency improved, the Swede scoring solid points in Monte Carlo and Paris. These performances would, however, be overshadowed by an excellent display in Berlin, where Rosenqvist claimed victory after a stunning move around the outside of Lucas di Grassi.[9] That was followed by a pole position and second place in the second Berlin ePrix of the weekend, a combination that moved Rosenqvist into the top three in the Championship.

Rosenqvist would have to wait until the second New York ePrix to stand on the podium again, although it did just keep the Swede in the title hunt.[10] Ultimately, it was an outside shot at the title, and a ninth place finish in the next ePrix ended his hopes. However, Rosenqvist would end the season on a high, starting the final race of the season from pole, before finishing the second Montreal ePrix.[11]

Sweden's StarEdit

Rosenqvist was re-signed by Mahindra ahead of the 2017/18 season, partnering Nick Heidfeld for a second successive season.[3] The Swede would go on to have a poor start to the season, getting caught by a broadside by Luca Filippi at the start to leave him at the back of the field.[12] Yet, the Swede would bounce back the following day, recording pole, fastest lap and, ultimately, victory, inheriting the latter once Daniel Abt was disqualified post-race.[13]

Rosenqvist's form carried over to Marrakech, with the Swede battling his way to a second victory of the season, overtaking Sam Bird and Sébastien Buemi to do so.[4] A fourth place finish followed in Santiago, before the Swede retired while leading the Mexico City E-Prix after a battery failure.[14] The Swede then bounced back with a fifth place finish in Punta del Este, before retiring from the lead again in Rome after hitting a kerb at a bad angle while defending heavily from Bird.[15]

That retirement seemed to mark the end of Rosenqvist's title hopes for the rest of the season, with the Swede only managing to grab eighth place in Paris as he slipped away from Vergne and Bird at the top of the Championship.[16] Indeed, three non-scores, not due to reliability, followed for Rosenqvist, with the Swede's qualifying pace also faltering as the season came to its conclusion in New York City.[17] Yet, the Swede would return to the points at the season finale, finishing fifth to secure sixth in the Championship.[17]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Felix Rosenqvist's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Felix Rosenqvist during their FE career:

Felix Rosenqvist's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2016/17 Flag of India Mahindra Racing 19 Mahindra M3Electro 3rd 127
2017/18 Flag of India Mahindra Racing 19 Mahindra M4Electro 6th 96

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Felix Rosenqvist's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 3rd 127
15th 3rd 18th 16th 6th 4th 1st 2nd 15th 2nd 9th 2nd
2017/18 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 6th 96
14th 1st 1st 4th Ret 5th Ret 8th 11th 15th 14th 5th

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'ROSENQVIST AND HEIDFELD CONFIRMED AT MAHINDRA: SWEDISH DRIVER FELIX ROSENQVIST JOINS NICK HEIDFELD AT MAHINDRA RACING FOR 2016/17 SEASON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/08/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/august/rosenqvist-and-heidfeld-confirmed-at-mahindra/, (Accessed 22/08/2016)
  2. 'News', felixracing.se, (Felix Rosenqvist Racing, 2016), http://www.felixracing.se/?lang=en, (Accessed 08/09/2016)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Mahindra retain Heidfeld & Rosenqvist for season four', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/mahindra-retain-heidfeld-rosenqvist-for-season-four/, (Accessed 20/09/2017)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Rosenqvist victorious in 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/rosenqvist-victorious-in-2018-abb-fia-formula-e-marrakesh-e-prix/, (Accessed 13/01/2018)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'Felix Rosenqvist', driverdb.com, (DriverDB AB, 2016), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/felix-rosenqvist/, (Accessed 08/09/2016)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 'Felix Rosenqvist', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 07/09/2016), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Rosenqvist, (Accessed 08/09/2016)
  7. 'Buemi holds on in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/october/buemi-holds-on-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 09/10/2016)
  8. 'Buemi magnificent in Marrakesh', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/11/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/november/buemi-magnificent-in-marrakesh/, (Accessed 12/11/2016)
  9. 'Red hot Rosenqvist hands Mahindra first win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/red-hot-rosenqvist-hands-mahindra-first-win/, (Accessed 16/06/2017)
  10. 'Bird flies high with New York double', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/bird-flies-high-with-new-york-double/, (Accessed 17/07/2017)
  11. 'Vergne victorious, Di Grassi wins title', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/vergne-victorious-di-grassi-wins-title/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
  12. 'Bird clinches victory in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/bird-clinches-victory-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 16/12/2017)
  13. Scott Mitchell, 'Abt stripped of maiden Formula E win', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 03/12/2017), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/abt-stripped-maiden-fe-win-hong-kong-985435/, (Accessed 03/12/2017)
  14. 'Abt finally clinches first victory in Mexico City', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/abt-finally-clinches-first-victory-in-mexico-city/, (Accessed 04/03/2018)
  15. 'Bird claims historic victory in Rome', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/bird-claims-historic-victory-in-rome/, (Accessed 14/04/2018)
  16. 'Fairytale ending for home race hero Vergne in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/fairytale-ending-for-home-race-hero-vergne-in-paris/, (Accessed 29/04/2018)
  17. 17.0 17.1 'Champion Vergne victorious as Audi scoops the teams' title in New York finale', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/champion-vergne-victorious-as-audi-scoops-the-teams-title-in-new-york-finale/, (Accessed 16/07/2018)