17-year-old Felix Rosenqvist made a fantastic Formula Palmer Audi debut at Snetterton this weekend. After battling for the lead in his first-ever race in the championship on Saturday, Rosenqvist was collected by spinning race leader Paul Rees and had to retire. A dream ending to the weekend, however, resulted in two victories, two fastest laps and a Pole Position - and, to emphasise his speed, a new track record.
“An absolutely brilliant weekend,” Rosenqvist says. “I never dared to think it would end up this well considering I didn’t know the cars, the circuit or the other drivers, so I’m really happy right now. The first race felt great as well, and I had a lot of turbo boosts left which I planned to use to overtake the leader. That all came to nothing, but all-in-all, I definitely can’t complain about this weekend!”
Rosenqvist’s guest appearance in Formula Palmer Audi, which is run by former Formula 1 driver Jonathan Palmer’s MSV organisation, came to a good start with two third-places in qualifying for Race 1 and 2. Having put the incident in the opening race behind him, Felix made one position up at the start of Race 2 and went on to overtake Formula 2 race-winner Kazim Vasiliauskas for the lead. On his way towards victory, the Swede set a blistering pace that not only resulted in the new track record but also Pole Position for the last race of the weekend - and the season, as Snetterton marked the Formula Palmer Audi 2009 finale.
“I’ve done two one-offs in one week and will leave Snetterton having learnt extremely much,” Rosenqvist concludes. “This weekend was very much about being part of the concept where the organiser runs all the cars in the same way as in F2. If you want to proceed in your career, I believe a series like Formula Palmer Audi to be an important step when it comes to dialogue with engineers and technicians. It is a good school for the future.”
Added to his British success, Felix Rosenqvist can look back at a season that has seen him win the Swedish and North European Zone Formula Renault championships and claim a podium in his touring car debut at Dijon-Prenois one week ago. Now, it’s time for contemplation before the focus turns swiftly towards 2010.