|D.o.B.||7 November 1991|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2016 Hong Kong ePrix|
|First Win||2017 Berlin ePrix I|
|Formula E Career|
|Entries||25 (25 Starts)|
Felix Rosenqvist, born 7 November 1991, is a Swedish racing driver, who will make a one-off appearance during the 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship with Mahindra Racing in place of Pascal Wehrlein. An accomplished driver in Formula 3 level events, Rosenqvist became the first Scandinavian driver to race in Formula E when he made his debut in 2016/17, bringing experience from both the DTM and Indy Lights Championships.
After a successful debut season, including a maiden win in Berlin, Rosenqvist re-signed with Mahindra for 2017/18 in hopes of mounting a title bid. 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.
The Swedish ace duly decided to move away from FE at the end of the 2017/18 season, obtaining a drive in IndyCar, only to return for the opening race of the 2018/19 season.
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. 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.
The European Realm
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Formula E History
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Rosenqvist was re-signed by Mahindra ahead of the 2017/18 season, partnering Nick Heidfeld for a second successive season. 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. 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.
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. A fourth place finish followed in Santiago, before the Swede retired while leading the Mexico City E-Prix after a battery failure. 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.
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. 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. Yet, the Swede would return to the points at the season finale, finishing fifth to secure sixth in the Championship.
Indy Dreams: 2018/19
Rosenqvist would decide to step away from FE at the end of 2017/18, although retained links with Mahindra after helping to develop their 2018/19 challenger alongside various other drivers. However, Rosenqvist would get one final race before leaving to join the IndyCar Series, stepping in for Pascal Wehrlein at the season opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix as the German was unable to attend due to his commitments with Mercedes.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Felix Rosenqvist's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E Entries
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|
|2016/17||Mahindra Racing||19||Mahindra M3Electro||3rd||127|
|2017/18||Mahindra Racing||19||Mahindra M4Electro||6th||96|
|2018/19||Mahindra Racing||94||Mahindra M5Electro|
Below is a table showing Felix Rosenqvist's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- KAgamemnon, 'File:2017 Berlin ePrix Podium first race.jpg', commons.wikimedia.org, (WikiMedia, 10/06/2017), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2017_Berlin_ePrix_Podium_first_race.jpg, (Accessed 10/06/2017) - Cropped from Original
- 'Rosenqvist returns to Mahindra for Saudi season opener', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/11/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/november/rosenqvist-returns-to-mahindra-for-saudi-season-opener/, (Accessed 15/11/2018)
- 'News', felixracing.se, (Felix Rosenqvist Racing, 2016), http://www.felixracing.se/?lang=en, (Accessed 08/09/2016)
- '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)
- '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)
- 'Felix Rosenqvist', driverdb.com, (DriverDB AB, 2016), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/felix-rosenqvist/, (Accessed 08/09/2016)
- 'Felix Rosenqvist', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 07/09/2016), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Rosenqvist, (Accessed 08/09/2016)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- 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)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- '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)
- Jerry Bonkowski, 'IndyCar: Ganassi hires Formula E’s Felix Rosenqvist to drive in 2019', motorsports.nbcsports.com, (NBC Universal, 28/09/2018), https://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2018/09/28/indycar-ganassi-hires-formula-es-felix-rosenqvist-to-drive-in-2019/, (Accessed 30/11/2018)
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