One of the title favourites at the start of the season, Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist has so far taken two victories and two pole positions in season four, but a raft of minor issues have caused the Swede to fall 30 points behind championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne in the standings.
With Rosenqvist’s supreme racecraft coming to the fore in Hong Kong where he recovered from a spin to take victory, issues in qualifying have made the races difficult as Rosenqvist has been forced to start from the back of the grid on more than one occasion.
While the 26-year-old doesn’t put it down to bad luck, he believes that in order to stay in the championship hunt everything has to come together and for any errors to not reoccur.
“It’s been promising, just small things are costing us on points but it’s not like we’ve had the same issue all the time, it’s just been separate things that happen at the wrong time,” explained Rosenqvist.
“You cannot really say it’s bad luck when it happens so often, but as long as you don’t make the same mistake twice it’s acceptable. We’re still in the hunt, it’s not like we’ve lost the season and we should be ok from now on.”
With Rosenqvist putting in some mega recovery drives to score as many points as possible, he believes his mentality in the second half of the season will be crucial as he chases down the championship lead.
“It’s been very important in those races, every time you start from P15 you have a big job ahead and you have to remain very calm. I obviously want to start further in front and have already had two poles this year.
“In Santiago we had a setup issue and Punta del Este I hit the wall in qualifying so that’s been what has causing us to start from the back. Normally we are always up there in Super Pole and I have a feeling that we should be more calm in the second half of the season.
“The key is not to think too much, because when you think of the championship things start to happen. I just have to trust in what we have and I know we have a good car, I know I’m quick, so nothing needs to change other than putting it all together.”
The Swede finished by praising the arrival of Formula E in Rome, a city steeped in history not just culturally, but also in the motorsport world.
“To race in Italy is really cool as it’s the home of motorsport and a lot of motorsport fans. I feel as though Italy and Japan have been missing from the calendar and now we have Italy. I don’t have any experience in Rome, but it’s a beautiful city and one of the most historical cities in the world, mixing that with one of the most historical racing countries in the world is a good recipe for a good weekend.”