Current European Formula 3 champion and DTM Mercedes debutant in the recent Moscow round, Felix Rosenqvist, has secured a new drive with the Stuttgart manufacturer for the next race of the German touring car series, to be held at the Nürburgring on 9-11th September.
“I’m obviously pleased to get another outing in the DTM,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “We sat down after the weekend in Russia, and Uli Fritz (Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM) told me that I’ll be driving again at the Nürburgring. Scoring a point in Moscow was a very good start, and more than I expected, so I will take it from there and try to do a good job again in the Eifel.”
Rosenqvist completed a remarkable debut when, in pouring rain, he managed to score his first point in his debut race, a feat that equalled the first race for Mercedes by Paul di Resta back in 2007, and one of three to get points since the current breed of cars was introduced (the other two being Andy Priaulx, in 2012, and current leader Marco Wittmann, in 2013).
Until recently, Rosenqvist was a regular in the Indy Lights – where he won three times this season – and the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, but his recent commitments with the DTM and the Formula E, where he’ll be driving a Mahindra single-seater means he called off the remainder of his American campaign.
“I’ve had a fantastic time in the US this year, and it’s been a really great and interesting experience,” Rosenqvist continues. “It’s a shame not to see out the season, but it’s just a logistic impossibility.
“I would like to thank Belardi Auto Racing for all their efforts this year; it’s a great team, and I hope we will find a way to work together again in the future. In the meantime I wish them continued success.”