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Felix Rosenqvist stays in F3 to take fourth Prema seat

by Peter Allen
Felix Rosenqvist

Photo: Prema Powerteam

Formula 3 veteran Felix Rosenqvist will spend a fifth season in the European series in 2015, joining Prema Powerteam.

It will be the 23-year-old Swede’s sixth consecutive year in F3 in all, including his run to fifth in the German championship in 2010.

His four previous campaigns at European level were all with the Mucke Motorsport team, coming fifth, fourth and then second in the standings between 2011 and 2013, before a disappointing season last year left him eighth.

He did end 2014 on a high however, claiming victory in the Macau Grand Prix to add to previous successes in the other marquee F3 races in Pau and Zandvoort.

Given Prema’s recent history in European F3, Rosenqvist says he is “highly excited about what I view as a new phase of my career.

“Prema have been the undisputed pace setters in F3 for as long as I?ve been around. They have won every title since 2011, and now having visited their facilities in Italy I really understand why.

“They are operating at their own level, and I am thrilled to join them at a time when the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is arguably stronger than ever before. The European Championship title is the one thing I?ve got left to win in Formula 3, so I head in to this season with a very clear target.”

Rosenqvist takes the fourth seat in Prema’s line-up for 2015, joining Jake Dennis, Lance Stroll and Brandon Maisano.

?Being able to rely on Rosenqvist for the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a great honour for me,” said team manager Rene Rosin.

“There is something symbolic in all of this. In the last four years, this quick yet friendly young man has been one of our toughest and most fierce rivals, all the time. And yet, finally, we can have him on one of our racecars.

“Needless to say, for all our drivers and team staff, including the management, the engineers and the mechanics, his experience will be a priceless benchmark in the chase for our fifth straight title in the series.”

2015 FIA F3 European Championship line-up so far
Team Drivers
Prema Powerteam Jake Dennis, Lance Stroll, Brandon Maisano, Felix Rosenqvist
Carlin Gustavo Menezes, George Russell, Ryan Tveter,
Antonio Giovinazzi, Callum Ilott
Mucke Motorsport Michele Beretta, Mikkel Jensen
Van Amersfoort Racing Charles Leclerc, Alessio Lorandi
Double R Racing Nicholas Pohler, Matt Solomon
Signature Alexander Albon, Dorian Boccolacci
Motopark Sam MacLeod, Markus Pommer, Mahaveer Raghunathan