Felix Rosenqvist continues his rise towards the top of international motor racing by stepping up to Formula 3 Euro Series – the world’s leading Formula 3 championship – this year. The 19-year-old has signed a deal which will see him race with German outfit Mücke Motorsport, and becomes the first Swedish driver to commit to a complete campaign in the highly-rated series. Since its inception in 2003, Formula 3 Euro Series has served as a vital platform for several of the sport’s biggest names, with previous title winners including Nico Hulkenberg, reigning DTM champion Paul di Resta, Ferrari protégé Jules Bianchi and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.
"This is a truly fantastic opportunity and a big challenge," says Felix Rosenqvist. "I learned a lot in the German championship last year, and feel fully prepared to take the next step. The best drivers are racing in Formula 3 Euro Series, and so that is simply where you have to be. Having seen the dedication with which Mücke Motorsport go about all their numerous racing projects, ranging from DTM to F3, I am very happy to be driving one of their cars this year. I am confident we will prove a strong combination."
With a fresh set of sporting regulations – and a new-specification control tyre from official series supplier Kumho – 2011 marks somewhat of a new start for Formula 3 Euro Series. As a result, championship co-ordinators are hoping to level out some of the disparity between established and new drivers.
"We are excited to have such a talented young driver as Felix onboard for the up-coming season," says Peter Mücke, team principal at Mücke Motorsport. "We had an eye on him throughout last year, and were convinced of his skill after some very impressive driving in Macau. He still has a lot to learn, but I am sure Felix will quickly find his feet."
Rosenqvist’s manager, Joakim Wiedesheim, confirms substantial interest in the Swede following his first year in F3.
"Felix exceeded expectations last season, not least at the world finale in Macau, and that has resulted in an eventful winter," says Wiedesheim. "Today’s statement clearly underlines that Felix is really beginning to establish himself, and this might not be the only positive announcement we can make ahead of 2011..."
Formula 3 Euro Series is one of the features of the popular DTM event package, and enjoys extensive coverage in world-wide media. During 2010, the championship was broadcast by 72 TV stations across 167 countries. This year’s Formula 3 Euro Series campaign kicks off at former F1 circuit Paul Ricard, France, on 1-3 April.