Felix Rosenqvist is, undoubtedly, one of the drivers of fashion in 2017. The pilot Swedish, once the eternal promise of the Formula 3 up its pursuit of the european title in 2015, has led where it has been since then, and almost always with good results. This season he has added a victory and four podium finishes in Formula E with Mahindra to occupy the third place in the standings, and he combines this work with the Super Formula japan, where, after being fourth and second in the last two races, occupies the fifth position in the general. If that were not enough, in may dominated the round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia in Knutstorp as a guest rider and, in June, he made his debut in the 24 hours of Le Mans the wheel of an LMP2. May seem like a lot, but it pales if you compare it with your program 2016.
That year, he competed in the Blancpain GT Series, winning the final race of the Sprint Series in Barcelona and rubbing the triumph in the 24 hours of Spa, and in a program part of 10 races in Indy Lights, winning three in their land fetish, street circuits. In addition, replaced in Mercedes, Esteban Ocon in the second half of the DTM, with good performances; he participated in the 24 hours of Daytona in a Prototype Challenge; ran with a Toyota GT86 in a 24-hour race at the Nordschleife, winning his class, and, a week after making his debut with pole position and podium finish in Formula E, returned to Formula 3 for grazing their third win in Macau. In total, Rosenqvist has flown 10 cars in competition in just 17 months.
however, there is an eleventh that has not passed the test, and that could be your next office: the Dallara DW12. Last year, as part of a policy that allows teams of IndyCar to have additional days of test provided they have a rookie’s debut, the team Ganassi rode to Rosenqvist in his car in a test at Mid-Ohio Chris Simmons, engineer of the four-time champion Scott Dixon, qualified “awesome”, and in which, according to RACER, was three tenths off the best time, marked by a pilot of Penske. This Friday, on the same circuit, Ganassi has returned to count with the services of the pilot of 25 years, along with four other riders lined up for the teams of Coyne, and Foyt, and, again, has become to leave great feelings.
Rosenqvist, during his test in 2016, with Ganassi in the circuit of Mid-Ohio
like last year, their program was to complete the morning session, dividing up the day with Dixon. In front of the 93 turns of the past year, and with a testing program more in-depth and compressed, Rosenqvist reached on this occasion the 100 laps. All were words of praise for the Swedish part of Simmons, according to Motorsport.com: “Has been impeccable, just as we had hoped. Has done more miles in less time than in the test last year, and showed no signs of fatigue. The track took a little bit rubbery, and I’m not sure that should be as good as last year with 18 cars (…) so that the time of Felix it was slower than last year, but it was the fastest car of the morning by a good margin”.
Simmons also had words of praise for his attitude and ability to work: “Is quick, prompt, ready, had a good pace with used tyres… quiet, serene, peaceful. We could not ask for more. What we saw last year, when we didn’t know what to expect and we had a plan of testing “if we can do these things, that would be great”, and we end up making three or four more times with him. This year we had a longer list, and we have also completed.
According to Simmons, the swede recognized “right away” the differences between the pack aerodynamic Chevrolet last year and the current Honda: “it Is as if it never had gone! In the afternoon, we repeat a couple of comparisons of setup with Scott, and the two ended up separated by only one configuration of the shock absorber. Obviously, you would need time to find out what the car needs in each circuit, but, in regard to read the changes, what they do and know what you want out of the car, is already there”.
The last experience of Rosenqvist in an oval, a ninth-place finish at Indianapolis with an Indy Lights
The moment that Rosenqvist has had this second chance in Ganassi has shot the rumors of face-to-2018. Both Tony Kanaan, who last week acknowledged that his continuity in the team was rather complicated, as Charlie Kimball, who has not insured even his sponsor, ending contract this year, and the rumours in the paddock suggest that Max Chilton could take your sponsorship to a possible new operation of Carlin in the category. In addition, Rosenqvist is managed by the ex-pilot of Formula 1 and IndyCar Stefan Johansson, who also leads the career of Scott Dixon. In the olden days, Ganassi has won a reputation for to give an alternative to young riders from Europe that became a star (Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Junqueira), although others failed (Nicolas Minassian Ryan Briscoe, in his first year).
When asked about it, Simmons believes that Rosenqvist would be a great add for the team: “Personally, I’d love to have on the team. If it came to IndyCar, it would be a pilot top in a relatively short period of time”. In addition, he believes that the swede would be adapted quickly to the ovals, where he worked very little in Phoenix and Indianapolis with an Indy Lights: “there Have been other pilots who had not done any oval, and they did it very well, as Montoya, so I think that Felix, with his conduct quiet, your attitude and your willingness to learn, do not take too much to understand the ovals. You never know how it will develop the pilots, but his pace is excellent. There is much more than just being fast in testing, but with the races he has won here and in Europe, we know that it is super talented”.