17-year-old Felix Rosenqvist won his fourth race of the season when the Swedish Formula Renault championship left its home country and travelled to the Finnish venue of Ahvenisto this weekend. Rosenqvist controlled Sunday’s race at the spectacular circuit near the town of Hämeenlinna, and has now won more races than any other driver in the series this year. The Swedish junior thereby reinforced his championship lead, and added a third-place finish on Saturday to his 2009 tally of podiums - coming home just 0.3 seconds behind home favourite and regular Formula Renault UK driver Jesse Krohn.
“I didn’t get off the line very well in the first race, and Jesse could pass me at the start,” Rosenqvist says. “It didn’t bother me much, but was a bit frustrating as I felt that I was much faster. A third at this stage of the season really is quite OK, so I decided not to take any uncalculated risks despite being close to an overtaking move a few times. The win in Race 2 was great and goes to prove that the team, as usual, have done a stunning job. I also think that it was interesting to compete against some new, internationally merited drivers here.”
The first race of the weekend was won by Rosenqvist’s team-mate Daniel Roos, who in turn finished second behind Felix in the Sunday event. The two Swedes held a clear advantage over their opponents in Finland, as qualifying proved: two front-row lock-outs by the Team BS Motorsport drivers set them up perfectly for the rest of the weekend. Coming up next is what looks to become a thrilling championship showdown at the final event of the season at Ring Knutstorp, with Rosenqvist leading the overall standings - both in Formula Renault Sweden and in the North European Zone.
“I’m not nervous at all,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I can only do my best, and we’ll see if it’s good enough when we get to Ring Knutstorp. My main rival is Daniel, who is a fantastic driver. However, it goes without saying that I would really like to win both titles and I will do whatever I can to make it happen. There will be four races instead of the normal two and, with all of them counting towards both championships, it will be imperative not to make any mistakes. I look forward to the challenge and am ready to go!”
The Ring Knutstorp finale will take place as soon as this weekend, with practice commencing on Thursday, September 10. A big starting grid is expected and teams from throughout Europe have shown interest in entering the event.