Having won both Formula Asia 2.0 races at Bira Circuit last time out, Felix Rosenqvist continued his winning streak by scoring yet another victory as the series returned to Thailand this weekend. The victory came in a very wet race on Saturday, and was claimed in impressive fashion considering Rosenqvist’s complete lack of wet weather experience on this year’s Michelin tires. The Swede finished a full 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Booth, but was less lucky on Sunday when he spun out of Race 2 from what seemed to be a very convincing lead.
”It almost feels weird to say this, but despite having just won my first ever wet race I’m fairly disappointed with the outcome of this weekend,” Rosenqvist says. ”I made a stupid mistake in the second race while in the lead, but the circuit conditions were appalling and things like these do happen from time to time. I chose to take the positive aspects – as well as a new and important experience – with me to the next event at Shanghai, where my team March3 Racing is based and I should be able to fight for the top positions once again”.
The unstable weather was the major talking point at Bira Circuit during the weekend. Rosenqvist only drove two laps in what was literally a flooded first practice session, before heading out to qualify on the front row a mere 1/100 of a second behind Pole-sitter Yoshitaka Kuroda. However, as the race itself began, Felix proved unstoppable and ran away at a rate of about one second a lap to become the first driver ever to win a Formula Asia 2.0 wet race.
”When it rains, it is a well-known fact that Japanese drivers tend to run very strongly,” Rosenqvist concludes. ”As a result of that, it felt particularly good to show that Europeans can handle the wet as well. As far as the Championship is concerned, it’s not as simple to win an international motor racing title as some people seem to think – and there are still 100 points up for grabs. I do have a pleasant overall position in the standings, but it’s vital to continue with our gradual improvements if we are to bag the big prize at the end of the season”.
Coming up next are three races at the Shanghai International Circuit, home to the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix, on November 1-2. Felix Rosenqvist could become Formula Asia 2.0 Champion at the event, provided he has a gap of 40 points or more in the standings at the end of the weekend.