Rosenqvist to partner Heidfeld at Mahindra

Mahindra Racing has announced that Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist will drive along Nick Heidfeld for season three of Formula E.

Rosenqvist makes the move to Formula E after spending 2016 racing across Indy Lights, the Blancplain GT Series and DTM.

Prior to this year he had an impressive stint in European Formula 3 Championship, winning the Macau Grand Prix twice and comfortably taking the title in 2015.

Both drivers have already tested the 2016/17 Mahindra M3 Electro, but despite this Rosenqvist still believes it will take time for him to adapt to Formula E.

“I’ve tested the car already and I look forward to intensifying our preparations during the two pre-season tests at Donington,” Rosenqvist said.

“I love new challenges and this is going to be a massive one, for sure. I’m fully aware that it will take some time to learn the trade of electric racing, as the technology in Formula E is so different to what I’m accustomed.”

“You need to be fast, as always, but you also have to be clever and energy-efficient. I also find the calendar highly exciting. We’ll be racing on street tracks in some incredible locations, and I can’t wait for Hong Kong.”

After hinting that he would be staying at the team for some time now, Nick Heidfeld will partner Rosenqvist.

He achieved the team’s first ever podium in Beijing last year, and has been ‘instrumental’ in the development of next year’s car according to the team.

Heidfeld commented, “We had very productive private testing sessions with the M3Electro last month and are prepared for the challenges ahead.”

“The new car is a significant evolution for Mahindra Racing, one which I am very passionate about and I’m confident that we can be competitive.”

Following the announcement, Team Principal Dilbagh Gill said that he was happy with his new line-up, and that the team had set their sights much higher for season three of Formula E.

“We are thrilled to welcome Felix to the Mahindra Racing family, and of course to welcome Nick back for another season,” he said.

“As a Formula 3 champion and accomplished driver across a number of race series, Felix has proven his skill on many levels and, crucially, tight street circuits such as Macau.”

“In season three of the Formula E championship, we want to maintain the momentum built in season two. Our first podiums are behind us and our aim is now set much higher.”

The announcement of Rosenqvist’s move means that it is looking increasingly likely that Bruno Senna will not have a drive in Formula E for next season.

The Brazilian recently hinted that he would not have his contract renewed, and ruled himself out of a drive at the new Jaguar team due to his links with McLaren.

Gill thanked him for his work for the team, saying “I would like to personally thank Bruno Senna for his contribution to Mahindra Racing during our first two years in Formula E.”

“Bruno has been a highly-valued member of our team in developing the car and it is only with his help that we have been able to lay solid foundations for the future.”