Felix Rosenqvist will be given another shot at winning the coveted FIA Formula 3 European Championship title, with the 2013 runner-up having extended his deal with German outfit Mücke Motorsport for the up-coming season.
Rosenqvist enjoyed a highly successful campaign in 2013, winning ten out of 30 races on his way to second in the final championship standings. The Swede also added a record-equalling second Masters of Formula 3 triumph to his CV, and will now embark on his fourth consecutive year of top-flight international F3 racing as the series breaks new ground with more powerful engines and a first visit to Russia.
“I’m glad to be getting another year with the guys at Mücke Motorsport; we have some new challenges to look forward to this season,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “Having said that, and while I genuinely believe the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to be one of the best junior single-seater series in the world, it’s no secret that I’ve been doing F3 for quite a long time and that I’ve been working on alternative plans over the winter. At the end of the day, it just wasn’t possible to progress into GP2 or World Series by Renault, and then I can’t see a better option than staying on in the F3 environment and try to win the title I missed out on last year. That’s my very clear target for 2014, and I’m confident that we’ll be very much in the running. It will be an interesting season with some extra horsepower and new circuits!”
The 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid consists of a total of 30 drivers, with 22-year-old Rosenqvist set to be joined by Austria’s Lucas Auer and Israel’s Roy Nissany on the Mücke Motorsport line-up.
While featuring many of the 2013 locations, the new calendar has been altered to encompass a couple of fresh venues and an additional 11th meeting, with Russia arriving onto the F3 arena for the first time and the tradition-steeped circuit of Imola (Italy) hosting the penultimate round of the campaign. The field will visit eight different countries and race at six current Formula 1 Grand Prix circuits (Silverstone, Hockenheim, Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps, Red Bull Ring and the Nürburgring).
Pre-season testing takes place in Hungary and Austria, with racing then getting underway at Silverstone in the UK on 18-20 April.
Felix Rosenqvist continues to be backed by Mercedes-Benz.