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Rosenqvist ‘Mentally Prepared’ to be Title Contender

Mahindra Formula E boss Dillbagh Gill has described his star driver Felix Rosenqvist as “mentally prepared to be a title contender” in Season Four….

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Mahindra Formula E boss Dillbagh Gill has described his star driver Felix Rosenqvist as ‘mentally prepared’ to be a title contender in Season Four.

Rosenqvist was the standout rookie in Season Three, taking three pole positions at Marrakesh, Berlin and Montreal in addition to his breakthrough win in Race 1 in Berlin.

Gill, however, warned that the occasional mistake would have to be eliminated as the Swede enters his sophomore season should he hope to challenge for the title.

“Felix was upset last season with some of the mistakes he made, like in Hong Kong and New York,” Gill told e-racing365.

“He has said to us that these need to be eradicated if he is to be a title contender. Mentally he believes he can be a contender for the championship. He is prepared.

“He knows he can be there but he also needs to focus on things like his brake bias consistently in the races. Everyone knows the talents and skill is there and that he extracts everything from the car.”

The Mahindra boss said his driver pairing will get even stronger in Season Four as the Indian team looks to improve on its third place result in last season’s teams’ championship.

“Felix and Nick feed off each other and there is a lot of mutual respect there,” said Gill.

“They work well together in spite of them literally having a generational gap and their whole approach to life, which is quite different.

“Felix knows where he is not so strong and he is gains a lot from what Nick can bring in that direction. Nick has started to understand what the ultimate pace of this car is, and that is something which Felix showed very quickly immediately.”

Gill described the way Heidfeld works from the start of a race weekend as “quirky but efficient” and detailed some of the idiosyncratic ways that the German structures his approach.

“The good thing about Nick is that he is up front about the way he works,” he said.

“For instance, he will say that he can’t show his ultimate pace in the Free Practice sessions. But he is so sure about himself and the direction in which he is working with the car, you have to respect that with a guy of his experience.

“In Montreal he was 19th and 20th in Free Practice but he was comfortable as he was feeling what was happening with the car and where he could push. He is very clever, very deliberate in how he operates.”

Gill admitted that Heidfeld knows he has to improve on his qualifying performances compared to Season Three where he was comprehensively beaten by his team mate in nine of the 12 races.

Only at Mexico City, Paris and the first New York City race did the German get the better of his teammate.

“You know, we had a long chat in Buenos Aires last year about his qualifying pace because by that stage he knew that Felix was very, very fast.

“But he seems to make up for it at the start of the race a little. If you look at the history of Formula E I am pretty sure that Nick has only ever lost one position away from the grid. That is astonishing.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365’s Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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