Rosenqvist remaining upbeat despite Rome ePrix disappointment
Additional reporting by Katy Fairman
Despite his retirement while leading the Rome ePrix, Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist says he is ‘looking forward’ to the rest of the season and believes the team can bounce back at the next race in Paris.
“I think we nailed everything we could nail [during the Rome ePrix weekend], but unfortunately it was a small thing [that ended the race]. I think Paris was the track we felt we could improve, and I think we have improved in many areas for that track,” said Rosenqvist.
After a stunning pole lap, Rosenqvist led eventual winner Sam Bird for 23 of 33 laps before a suspension failure brought a premature end to his race.
“It was just a suspension failure. I hit the curb. I was going over the curb in the same way as I had done before; I think it was turn 17, and just gave up the left rear suspension,” he explained.
“I was looking in my mirror at my [damaged] wheel, and I had to stop. Once [I made the impact], I couldn’t continue because my drive shaft was broken as well.”
With five races remaining, Rosenqvist referred to his strong record at some of the upcoming tracks, and feels the team can end the season in good shape.
“Berlin was my favourite track last year, and New York we were strong with a double podium there last year. Zurich is a new one, but overall it should be a good end to the year.
“At this point you just to want to have as a goal to be finishing races when you are leading. That’s got to be the main goal, and then I think things will happen automatically. Clearly now we are on the catch-up, so we have to get our act together, but I’m looking forward.”
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