MALMÖ (SWEDEN), 2010-02-08
Felix Rosenqvist steps up to Formula 3
Following three seasons and as many championship titles in Formula Renault, 18-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist will shift his focus towards Europe and Formula 3 in 2010. Rosenqvist has signed with Performance Racing to race in the German F3 series - a championship previously won by the likes of Jarno Trulli, Kris Nissen, Bernd Schneider, Tom Kristensen and Michael Schumacher.
”This is the perfect step for me and I’m very happy to get the chance to race in Formula 3,” Felix Rosenqvist says. ”We had a number of alternatives for this year, but I have always found F3 one of the most interesting junior categories - and almost every Formula 1 driver has passed through it. As a further incentive, Performance Racing operates closely with Volkswagen and has a lot of experience from the class. The conditions are right and I’m looking forward to driving a new - and faster - car after my years in Formula Renault!”
The German Formula 3 championship is the fastest single-seater series in the motorsport-fanatic country, and enjoys an international profile with a full 13 nationalities represented in the 2009 driver line-up. The season consists of nine race weekends (18 races) spread across Germany and the Netherlands, with all events being broadcast on TV. Felix Rosenqvist’s team mate at Performance Racing will be reigning Asian Formula Renault champion Alon Day.
”A fantastic anniversary gift for us,” Performance Racing Team Principal Bobby Issazadhe says. ”2010 marks our tenth year in Formula 3, and finally we’ve got a fiercely competitive Swedish driver who is quick enough to win races and championships. Felix’s CV speaks for itself, and I’m confident that in him and Alon Day we will have one of the strongest driver combinations on the grid. Now, it’s up to us to work together to achieve the best possible results.”
Pre-season preparations kick off at Silverstone in March with a test Rosenqvist won after receiving the prestigious Rydell Special Award last month. A week ago, Swedish ASN the SBF also announced that Felix has been selected for a new young driver elite programme, aimed at returning Sweden to the forefront of international motor racing.
The German Formula 3 championship curtain-raiser takes place at Oschersleben on April 10-11.
German Formula 3: www.formel3.de
Performance Racing: www.performance-racing.se
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