At this weekend’s Formula Renault North European Zone meeting at the Estonian Pärnu circuit, Felix Rosenqvist continued to collect serious points by finishing second in both races run at the event. As a result, Rosenqvist remains in the fight for the championship title, even though he lost his overall lead to Team BS Motorsport team mate Daniel Roos, who won twice.
“This was the first time I even saw the Pärnu circuit, so it was a new and actually rather interesting acquaintance,” Rosenqvist says. “Still, I can’t help but being slightly dissatisfied - the ultimate speed was there, but not often enough to seriously challenge Daniel. I missed the first day of practice and had difficulties in mastering the final corner, but it does feel OK to take a couple of important second places. Congratulations to Daniel!”
Practice and qualifying followed the same pattern as earlier this year, and soon turned into a battle between Rosenqvist and his team mate. A burst of rain hit the circuit ahead of qualifying, where Felix ended up in second place - 0.02s behind Roos. The first race became somewhat of a procession from the Swedish duo, who took the chequered flag a full 20 seconds ahead of third-placed Miika Honkanen. Unfortunately, Felix and Honkanen made contact at the start of Race 2, forcing Rosenqvist to climb back through the field in a damaged car.
“The car was bouncing and sounding ill after the incident going into turn 1,” Rosenqvist concludes. “Single seaters are pretty sensitive for collision loads, but I got to the finish. At the same time, I had to overtake almost the entire grid to get back up to second, which was fun! I have done better races than these here in Estonia, but am glad to have this weekend with me for the future; racing in NEZ really teaches you a lot”.
Felix Rosenqvist will next race in two week’s time, on the weekend of 10-11 July, as both the Formula Renault North European Zone and the Swedish championship visit Falkenberg.