By Mattias Persson
Victory and podium clean-sweep at Silverstone, and royally addressed by the monarch of his country - last weekend surely wasn't one to forget for Felix Rosenqvist.
While pre-race preparations were peaking in England last Friday - ahead of an event that culminated in Felix shooting into second in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship - some very different activities were taking place back in Sweden, as the country's four Royal Clubs from the automotive, aeronautics and boating arenas got together at Grand Hôtel in Stockholm to celebrate the greatest achievements in Swedish sports in 2012.
Under guidance from renowned TV personality Gry Forssell, a total of 600 invited guests were treated to a night of literal royal standard, with Felix being highlighted on stage for his drive in November's Macau Grand Prix, where he became the first Swede to take to the podium in more than ten years as he finished second in what is commonly referred to as the blue-riband event of international junior motor racing.
Although, for obvious reasons, he was unable to attend the evening himself, Felix was recognised by Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, who believed Felix deserved praise for his Macau achievement as well as his "additional results" towards the end of 2012, which included winning four out of the final six European F3 races of the year.
Felix is racing for the Swedish Royal Automobile Club (KAK), whose chairman - Peter Wallenberg Jr. - also attended the Grand Hôtel ball and presented Felix with a Royal Emblem in the wake of having heaped global success on his club.