Felix Rosenqvist will start his first ever professional race around Monaco this weekend, having only previously competed in the Principality in karting.
The Swede, who races for Mahindra Racing, recently moved to Monaco and considers the crown jewel event to be his home ePrix and a dream to be competing at.
“It’s awesome! I live here now so it’s a home race to me,” Rosenqvist explained. “Being able to walk from your apartment to the paddock is not something you can do every day, especially in a championship like this.
“It’s always been a dream to drive here for me, it’s always been the one race that seems to suit me very well but I never got the chance to race here as I never did GP2, GP3, World Series or Formula 1, so it’s a dream come true!”
Rosenqvist’s experience of the Monaco track only extends back to when he was in karting and this weekend will see his professional debut in a single-seater as he looks to tackle the narrow confines of the streets.
“Only in Karting in 2006, which is a bit different. More or less the same layout but still quite different. It’s a nice atmosphere and a special race here, you have some races like Macau, Pau and this one where the atmosphere is very different and it’s very easy to feel the special vibe in the city during the weekend. It’s going to be nice to race here.”
The 25-year-old has shown impressive pace so far in his debut year, with the high point coming at Marrakesh where he surprised and amazed everyone by taking pole position, before finishing on the podium.
He believes that the team needs to put together a consistent race weekend and bring their pace in both qualifying and the race together in order to achieve a strong result.
“It’s been strong in both qualifying and race, but we haven’t put both together in one weekend, that’s what we are trying to do now. We have been analysing what we need to do in qualifying when it comes to the software.”
“To help us in the race we have taken massive steps, even after the last race and a lot since Marrakesh, if we can put that together I’m sure we will have a very strong package.”