Felix Rosenqvist will be back in action in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the opening round of the 2018-19 season in Ad Diriyah (Saudi Arabia) next month, competing for Mahindra Racing.
A three-time winner in the all-electric single-seater series across two campaigns in 2016-17 and 2017-18, Rosenqvist reunites with Mahindra Racing to line up alongside Jérôme d’Ambrosio in the first race of the much-anticipated fifth season of Formula E.
Rosenqvist handed Mahindra Racing its first-ever Formula E victory at the 2017 Berlin E-Prix and added further wins in Hong Kong and Marrakesh last season, and has played a key role in the on-track development of the team’s all-new M5Electro machine that will be used during the up-coming campaign.
Rosenqvist will contest the Ad Diriyah E-Prix, with Pascal Wehrlein – Rosenqvist’s former team-mate from European Formula 3 in 2012 – then taking up his already-announced slot at the team from January 2019.
“I’m happy to be back with the guys at Mahindra Racing again in Saudi Arabia,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “It will be a special occasion, marking the start of an exciting new era for Formula E with the commencement of Season 5. Whilst I didn’t attend the official pre-season test in Valencia, I did a lot of running in the new car during its development stages this summer, so I should be prepared. I’m looking forward to getting back to work with the team once again and will do my best to help launch us into the new season with success.”
The 2018-19 campaign is set to see the biggest overhaul in technical and sporting regulations since the formation of Formula E, as the mid-race car swaps disappear and faster, more energy-efficient cars are introduced.
“We are delighted that Felix will be racing for Mahindra in Saudi Arabia in December,” says team principal Dilbagh Gill. “Felix has always been, and continues to be, a fantastic asset to Mahindra Racing and an important part of our family and history: we are looking forward to sharing more success with him in Saudi Arabia. He is extremely motivated, as are we, to secure the best possible results for the team as we begin our 2018-19 campaign.”
The Ad Diriyah E-Prix takes place on December 15.