Rosenqvist scores LeMans Super Formula seat

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Rosenqvist scores LeMans Super Formula seat
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Mar 1, 2017, 3:26 AM

Felix Rosenqvist has locked down the vacant seat at Team LeMans for the 2017 Super Formula season.

Kamui Kobayashi, Team LeMans
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Kamui Kobayashi, Team LeMans
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Kamui Kobayashi, Team LeMans
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing

Rosenqvist, Alex Lynn, and Sergey Sirotkin were all believed to be in contention for the seat alongside Kazuya Oshima at the Toyota-powered team, Rosenqvist ultimately getting the nod to become Sweden’s first Super Formula driver since Björn Wirdheim a decade ago.

The deal means Rosenqvist will dovetail his Formula E commitments with the seven-round Super Formula schedule.

“I’m really thrilled to be setting out on this adventure in Japan with Team LeMans,”said Rosenqvist.

”I’m absolutely convinced that a dual programme is the best set-up for me in 2017, but it’s been crucially important to ensure it doesn’t compromise my Formula E activities.

“Super Formula is the ideal complement, with no calendar clashes and a lot of high-quality running in one of the quickest cars on the planet. It’s exactly what I was looking for and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel at the first test!”

Rosenqvist is already based in Japan, ahead of the first pre-season test at Suzuka early next week.

“Team LeMans has participated in Super Formula and its preceding incarnations for over 40 years,” said team manager Donuma Hiroyoshi.

“During that time, we have forged a rich history of working with some highly talented foreign drivers. This year, we are excited to add to that history with Felix Rosenqvist, who comes strongly regarded and, I’m sure, will quickly become a favourite among the Japanese fans.

“Nobody can question the strength and skill of Felix. As a top driver, he has a very bright future, and we will do everything we can to help him maximize his potential and achieve the best possible results.”

Full 2017 Super Formula line-up:

TeamDrivers
KCMG  Kamui Kobayashi
Inging

 Yuji Kunimoto

 Hiroaki Ishiura

Kondo Racing

 Nick Cassidy

 Kenta Yamashita

Team Tom's

 Andre Lotterer

 Kazuki Nakajima

Team Impul

 Yuhi Sekiguchi

 Jann Mardenborough

Team LeMans

 Kazuya Oshima

 Felix Rosenqvist

Team Mugen

 Pierre Gasly

 Naoki Yamamoto

Nakajima Racing

 Daisuke Nakajima

 Narain Karthikeyan

Docomo Dandelion

 Tomoki Nojiri

 Takuya Izawa

Real Racing  Koudai Tsukakoshi
B-Max Racing Team  Takashi Kogure
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Series Super Formula
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist
Teams Team LeMans
Author Andrew van Leeuwen
Article type Breaking news