Rosenqvist admits he ‘gambled to turn around championship’ at Turn 1

Berlin E-Prix – Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist admitted that his off at the start of the Formula E Berlin race was caused by a last gasp effort to turn his championship around.

Rosenqvist tried passing several cars around the outside of Turn 1 at the start of the race, but ran into the run-off has he had carried too much speed into the corner, dropping him through the field.

He fought his way back through the field but just missed out on a points-paying position in 11th.

“I gambled a bit and tried to turn around my championship a bit too much, and it didn’t work out. I sort of felt like I needed to go for it today in a way and it didn’t work,” he told Formula Spy.

“It was a recovery at least but not as good a recovery as I would have wished. I didn’t feel the pace or feel like I was going forward. I felt like I was just benefitting from other people’s mistakes and I was never there when it mattered and you could attack.

“Even compared to Nick, he was quite a bit quicker than me today and I just couldn’t follow. We need to analyse what happened.”

Rosenqvist won two of the first three races this season, but has retired from the lead twice in Mexico City and Rome, and has had two difficult races in Paris and Berlin.

He has put the pace shortcomings down to not finding the correct set-up, and has conceded that his hopes for the Formula E title are now gone as he sits 76 points adrift from leader Jean-Eric Vergne with three races remaining.

“The powertrain is proven to be good. It’s been good everywhere this year, so for sure it’s not the powertrain. I think it’s a matter of mechanical balance and mechanical grip.

“In one way it’s nice you can stop thinking about the championship, because I think those hopes are sort of over now. Now it’s about trying to get the speed back, because we had good speed everyone except Paris and here.

“Being in a championship hunt is always a weight on your shoulders. It stays with you every day during the season.

“Obviously it’s something you enjoy but it’s been tough since Marrakesh. When we’ve been quick we had bad luck and when we were slow we didn’t have any miracles happening.

“Somehow I’m still third in the championship and I think that’s very positive. I don’t know how that’s possible but we’ll take it and try to finish at least third this year, as we did last year. You don’t want to finish worse than you did last year, so I think we still have something to play for.”

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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