says his forced retirement while leading the Rome ePrix was a ‘freak thing’ caused by a bolt failing on the gearbox casing, and was not due to his driving style.

 

Mahindra’s Rosenqvist had led the first two-thirds of the race ahead of DS Virgin’s Sam Bird, before being forced to pull off with what appeared to be a suspension failure.

 

Since then, some have suggested that Rosenqvist’s aggressive use of the kerbs in Rome may have been the cause of the failure, but the Swede thinks otherwise.

 

 

“One of the bolts going into the gearbox casing holding up the suspension was sort of cracked, and they think that material of that bolt was not good,” said Rosenqvist.

 

“When it broke you could see inside that it was not good. It was probably broken the whole day, and it finally gave up. It was just a freak thing, but if it hadn’t broken it probably would have happened here [in Paris] in free practice.”

 

Rosenqvist was understandably disappointed after missing out on a second win this season and said after the race that losing the win was hard to accept at what he described as a “perfect day” but despite this, he had no regrets regarding his own performance.

 

“I think we did a really good weekend in Rome except that the car broke. I think there was nothing better we could have done that day really,” he said

 

“We just need to try to do the same [in Paris], keep the momentum, and do what we have done really.

 

Currently third in the points standings, Rosenqvist is in contention for a first Formula E drivers title this season and has been linked to possible future drives in F1 and IndyCar.

 

The Swede says he expects to stay with Mahindra for the foreseeable future, but admits a championship win could alter his career path in the long term.

 

“I think it always does when you win a championship because if you finish P2 or P3 that’s good but no one really remembers it. If you asked me now who finished P3 in season, I don’t remember,” said Rosenqvist.

 

“I think it’s important to win because that’s why we’re here and then whatever that gives you I don’t know, but it’s always a lot better than finishing second or third.”

 

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