Twenty-two-year-old Felix Rosenqvist remains in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for a fourth season having finished runner-up in 2013. The Swede also remains with Mücke Motorsport that has been his home since his debut in the series back in 2011 when it was the Formula 3 Euro Series.
When it was announced that Rosenqvist was spending another year in the series, a few eyebrows were raised, especially as the drivers whom the Swede has raced against have moved on to series’ including GP2 like 2013 series Champion Raffaele Marciello and GP3 like 2013 Macau GP winner Alex Lynn. He felt that another year learning in the series was going to be profitable for him, and staying with Mücke Motorsport, a team he knows well and has won races for, was the best option for 2014.
“For outsiders, seeing me spending another year in Formula 3 certainly must look somewhat strange,” said Rosenqvist. “But I think that the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a very good series and that contesting another season, here, makes sense for me. The competitiveness is extremely high and even experienced drivers can learn this or that. I don’t think that there are a lot of series on our planet offering these possibilities.
“I think that [staying with Mücke] was the most reasonable option. This team offered me the opportunity to win races in the past and I know that we will be able to also do so in 2014.
“The FIA Formula 3 European Championship is very well organised in every area. The scrutineering, for instance, is that good that nobody tries to enter illegal cars. And the extraordinary significance of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is underlined by the fact young-driver programmes of different manufacturers – such as Mercedes-Benz, Lotus or Ferrari – let their drivers contest this series.”
Looking back at the opening three rounds of the season at Silverstone, Hockenheim and Pau, Rosenqvist admitted its been a disappointing star to the year, only picking up his first win (and podium) in the final race in Pau. It is especially an underwhelming start as the championship is his aim for 2014.
“I expected to make a better start into the season but I had a lot of bad luck and also made mistakes, every now and then. Therefore, I’m particularly delighted with finally having secured my first race win of the season, in Pau. Now I will try to reduce the gap to the leaders step by step as giving up isn’t an option, for me. After all, the 2013 season demonstrated that closing a big gap is possible.
“Having been vice-champion last year, my only goal can be to win the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title.”