Felix Rosenqvist admitted that if he has any chance of securing the Formula E drivers’ championship this season he must outscore Sam bird and Jean-Eric Vergne for the remainder of the season.
The Mahindra Racing driver was on course to bringing himself within ten points of Vergne’s championship lead, but a suspension failure after hitting the kerb at the Turn 17 chicane caused his retirement.
Rosenqvist has now lost 50 points this season by retiring from the lead of the race with his last DNF occurring in Mexico.
The Swede now admits that he has to outscore Bird and Vergne at every race if he has any chance of securing the drivers’ title with five races to go.
“It’s just about catching up rather than going into every race just thinking of winning,” said Rosenqvist. “I have to outscore my competitors now in every race. That is going to be difficult because Bird and Vergne are always within the top five.
“I am going to need good performances for the rest of the season. If we won in Rome, we would have been right up there. So anything can still happen we need some luck to go our way,” added the Mahindra driver.
Rosenqvist is confident that he has the car capable of challenging for wins but is hopeful that his luck turns around, as the 26-year-old felt his team deserved the victory in Rome.
“The car is quick; I felt very confident in my driving in qualifying and the race. I think we were the fastest car in Rome. I think the team has also done a super job of managing everything like the pitstop and the whole day has been fantastic on their side.
“The only things that seem to be out of control managed to end our race. It seems unfair, but that is motor-racing. I think the team deserved to celebrate today. Its been one of those seasons where you have bad luck too much,” said Rosenqvist.
When Rosenqvist’s suspension failed, he was left surprised as he didn’t feel that he was attacking the kerbs too hard during the race.
“I was driving the same all the time I was pushing but leaving some margin because I didn’t want to look silly for something like this to happen. I felt we were managing the car well, we had good efficiency, but it was not like I was killing the kerbs like I was in qualifying.”