Felix Rosenqvist joins Mahindra Racing for season three of Formula E

The Swedish rising star will partner Nick Heidfeld for the 2016/17 season

 

Felix Rosenqvist joins Mahindra. Credit: Mahindra Racing
 

Pre-season testing for the third season of Formula E gets underway tomorrow at Donington Park and with it comes confirmation of another driver pairing.
Nick Heidfeld will contest his second season with Mahindra Racing alongside current FIA Formula 3 European Champion Felix Rosenqvist.

Rosenqvist said, ““I’m thrilled to join Mahindra Racing at this exciting time. Racing in Formula E will be something genuinely brand new to me. It’s a step into the unknown, but I’ve had a very warm welcome by Mahindra Racing and I have a strong and experienced team-mate in Nick.

“I’ve tested the car already and I look forward to intensifying our preparations during the two pre-season tests at Donington. I love new challenges and this is going to be a massive one, for sure.

“I’m fully aware that it will take some time to learn the trade of electric racing, as the technology in Formula E is so different to what I’m accustomed. You need to be fast, as always, but you also have to be clever and energy-efficient. I also find the calendar highly exciting. We’ll be racing on street tracks in some incredible locations, and I can’t wait for Hong Kong.”

Nick Heidfeld remains with the team. Credit: Mahindra Racing

Heidfeld said, “I am excited to continue with Mahindra Racing into season three of Formula E and welcome my new team-mate, Felix. We had very productive private testing sessions with the M3Electro last month and are prepared for the challenges ahead. The new car is a significant evolution for Mahindra Racing, one which I am very passionate about and I’m confident that we can be competitive. Personally, I am also really looking forward to some of the new Formula E circuit venues coming up!”

With the announcement comes the confirmation that Bruno Senna has parted ways with the team. With only Jaguar and NEXTEV yet to confirm their driver lineups, it appears the Brazilian driver will be leaving the series altogether.

Dilbagh Gil said, “I would like to personally thank Bruno Senna for his contribution to Mahindra Racing during our first two years in Formula E. Bruno has been a highly-valued member of our team in developing the car and it is only with his help that we have been able to lay solid foundations for the future.”

The team are looking to build upon their two podiums and seven point scoring positions from the second season.

There are two preseason tests at Donington Park in August and September, some days open to the public to attend.

Formula E Driver lineup so far

Renault e.Dams
Sebastien Buemi (SWI)
Nico Prost (FRA)

Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport
Lucas di Grassi (BRA)
Daniel Abt (GER)

DS Virgin Racing
Sam Bird (GBR)
Jose Maria Lopez (ARG)

Faraday Future Dragon Racing
Loic Duvall (FRA)
Jerome D’Ambrosio (BEL)

MS Amlin Andretti
Robin Frijns (NED)
Antonio Felix da Costa (POR)

Techeetah
Ma Qing Hua (CHI)
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA)

Venturi
Stephane Sarrazin (FRA)
Marco Engel (GER)

Mahindra Racing
Nick Heidfeld (GER)
Felix Rosenqvist (SWE)

NEXTEV NIO
Nelson Piquet Jr (BRA)

Oliver Turvey (GBR)

Jaguar Racing
TBC
TBC

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