Felix Rosenqvist to race in new Asian series
Going into the 2008 season, 16 year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist has signed for another year with Chinese-Italian team March3 Racing to compete on the Asian continent. Despite being a complete single-seater rookie, Felix finished fourth in last year’s Asian Formula Renault Challenge series and targets even better results this time – changing Championship to new Formula Renault installation Formula Asia 2.0 in order to compete with the very best of Asian motorsport. The series, which has already succeeded in signing a majority of the best Formula Renault teams from the region, will hold rounds in both China and Malaysia – and receives full international status from governing body, the FIA. The first tests will take place in the coming weeks.
"It is very exciting to be one of the drivers in the first-ever year of Formula Asia 2.0", Rosenqvist says. "During last season, I got to know the team and learn how the car behaves, and it is a pleasure for me to be able to work with March3 Racing again. Having fought at the front of the field at the end of 2007, my obvious target will have to be to win the Championship, and I can’t wait for the first round of the series at Zhuhai on April 19-20".
Rosenqvist, who secured the Asian Formula Renault Challenge "Rookie of the year" title last November, will be up against a number of highly competitive teams and drivers in what promises to be an exhilarating season for Asian motorsport. With a range of new series established this winter, the interest is greater than ever; especially in China. As one of the highlights in event package Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS), Formula Asia 2.0 is set to be broadcast in more than 60 different countries worldwide.
"The pressure will be immense", Felix concludes. "It will be all about performing at the highest level while competing in one of the most covered Championships single-seater racing has seen, but if I can do it successfully there will be plenty of opportunities to further strengthen my career. I would like to do one or two tests in an even more powerful category later this season, but my ultimate focus will be on Formula Asia 2.0 and developing together with March3 Racing. At the moment, we know that there will be at least 20 cars on the grid, and I look forward to this fantastic adventure with great anticipation".