Sunday, October 2, 2022

Rosenquist staying with McLaren but could move to Formula E

McLaren is not done with Felix Rosenquist and on Thursday signed the Swedish driver a multi-year contract extension. The team has yet to specify where Rosenquist will drive.

McLaren hinted that Rosenquist could be moved to its new Formula E program when it launches in 2023.

“McLaren Racing is currently in the process of evaluating its driver lineup for 2023, with the newly formed McLaren Formula E team set to begin its first season in the all-electric racing series, and the Arrow McLaren SP to a three-car. There are plans to expand. The team is set to be driving one of the two series with Felix,” the team said.

7 in IndyCar for McLaren in his second season, but the team is expanding to three cars next season and has already announced that 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will be part of the lineup. The jockeying for Rosenquist’s seat has flipped over the past few months, with defending IndyCar champion Alex Palu, six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, rising star Rinus VK and even Rosenquist all cited as prospects. has done.

Rosenquist is close to current IndyCar teammate Pato O’Ward, and his recent performances have helped his case keep its job. He has four consecutive top-10 finishes and was fourth in the Indianapolis 500.

Rosenquist said, “With the team expanding into Formula E next season, it provides additional opportunities for me in both the United States and Europe and I look forward to being in a position to announce my plans in the coming weeks.” Am.” “I am excited and grateful to have this opportunity to use my experience to explore the new options available to help McLaren start 2023 at the strongest possible level.”

Rosenquist is in his fourth full season at IndyCar, his first two years with Chip Ganassi Racing. He was rookie of the year in 2019 and won his only IndyCar win the following season.

Rosenquist has previously raced in Formula E for three seasons, from 2016 to 2019. He won three races, six poles and seven podiums.

McLaren Racing chief Zac Brown called Rosenquist “a prolific racer, with a lot of experience in many different types of racing cars”.

“As a proven race winner in both categories, it was important to us to secure his talent within the McLaren Racing family as we work to finalize our plans for 2023,” said Brown. “His experience in Formula E will be invaluable as we enter this exciting new era of racing for McLaren Racing, but he has also made a great contribution to our IndyCar team. I look forward to finalizing the best opportunity for him next season.” I look forward to working with him.”

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