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Rosenqvist realistic about season four expectations

Swedish ace Felix Rosenqvist isn’t making any bold predictions about Mahindra Racing’s chances of fighting for the championship in the upcoming season and prefers to take each race as it comes.

Rosenqvist was one of the stars of season three as he took three pole positions, one victory and third in the standings in his rookie campaign.

Despite this incredible start to his Formula E career, the 25-year-old isn’t getting carried away by his early success and hasn’t set any specific targets for his sophomore season.

“I think it feels realistic in the way we did it last year,” said the Swede. “As a rookie season we finished third, with a win and a couple of podiums. In terms of the test, I cannot really say, I’d be lying if I told you now if we would be fighting for the championship or not, so I prefer to just be prepared for any scenario.

“If we have to give it another push in Hong Kong to fight for the win, that’s what we’ve got to do. If we’re in the position where we can already win, that’s what we’ll aim for but I think it’s about not building too much expectation, so I can only be realistic at the moment.”

With pre-season testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia into its final day, this is the last chance for teams and drivers to familiarise themselves with the machinery ahead of Hong Kong.

With the same cars as season three being used, all teams have plenty of data to use on their season four car, which Rosenqvist believes will cause all teams to better their own packages, in turn making predicting the pecking order very difficult.

“I think naturally it would be a step forward for everyone, just by going into another season, upgrading some mechanical parts on the car, so for sure everyone’s car this year will be quicker than last year’s car.

“The question is how much quicker is it in comparison but I think our car definitely feels better, drives better, is more efficient and those kinds of things. It’s just impossible to say how good it’s gonna be going into qualifying in Hong Kong but you just have to hope and focus on ourselves at the moment.”

With a season of experience now under his belt, Rosenqvist now believes his racing future lies in the all-electric series but still hopes to compete in other categories to keep himself race-sharp.

“I think already last year that was my vision to focus on a career here. Obviously, trying a few other things on the side which I always enjoy and I think Dilbagh also supports that, that it’s good for me to do other series to keep in shape.”

“Formula E is a huge thing right now and it’d be stupid to call it anything else other than plan A at the moment.”

Image courtesy of Rajan Jangda

About Topher Smith
Topher is an experienced and passionate Motorsport journalist with Formula E, Formula 1, GP2/F2, GP3 and IndyCar all on his resume. When he isn't at the trackside you can find him furthering his own capabilities and knowledge through his endless search for original ideas and material. Also plays league pool.