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Rosenqvist Could Balance Dual Formula E, IndyCar Program

Felix Rosenqvist may race in both IndyCar and with Mahindra in Formula E next year…

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Felix Rosenqvist could contest a twin campaign between the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019.

A complex deal is believed to have been in discussion for a number of weeks to work out how the three-time Formula E race-winner could appear in both series.

The 27-year-old has been widely reported to have signed an IndyCar contract and e-racing365 understands that confirmation of his deal is set to be made public shortly.

The discussions between Mahindra Racing and his new IndyCar team are believed to center around the Swede competing in the opening three Formula E races of the 2018-19 season before he begins his IndyCar career.

He would then appear at non-clashing events through the rest of the Formula E season.

Conflicts between the two series’ schedules could see him missing the Formula E races in Hong Kong, Rome, Berlin, Switzerland and the New York City finale.

Mahindra is currently looking at the possibility of splitting the seat with a second driver subbing at the races Rosenqvist cannot attend.

Nick Heidfeld, who drove for the Indian team in Season Four, is believed to have discussed filling in for Rosenqvist at the clashing events in addition to a role as reserve and development driver.

The German told e-racing365 in July that he was looking at alternative challenges away from a full-time drive in the championship but is believed to have reconsidered when the seat-share possibility arose.

E-racing365 revealed last week that Jerome d’Ambrosio is set to join the team in the seat vacated by Heidfeld.

The Belgian will undertake more testing with the team in its Mahindra M5Electro in Spain this week before being formally announced by the team as a full-time driver.

Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill would not go in to details regarding his team line-up when contacted by e-racing365 but did say that “our Season Five line-up will be become known soon, including our reserve and development drivers.”

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

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Chris

    September 17, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    If he’s going to prioritise IndyCar over FE then I’d rather they just got someone in that seat who is committed to the series. FE doesn’t need drivers like that. And we’ve seen that drivers who miss races for DTM don’t do that well towards the end of the season.

    • Sam Smith

      September 18, 2018 at 4:58 am

      Stay tuned for a twist to the story today Chris!

  2. David Chaste

    September 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    So in indycar, i assume it’s for Ganassi. Why does ganassi have so much confidence in series outsiders. Brendon hartley and now Felix?

    For such a coveted seat there are very good series regulars that would jump for it. Instead of bringing in guys who have to learn the series and the car. It ensures scott dixon will still be number one in the team.

    It seems drivers’ managers decide team lineups now instead of team owners.

    Ganassi shouldnt go for a driver having another commitment especially at this level.

    • Sam Smith

      September 20, 2018 at 11:14 am

      I can’t speak for Ganassi, David but in my experience Felix will be a star in Indycar. He is exceedingly quick and very low-maintainence.

      Anyway, it worked for Chip with Zanardi didn’t it back in the late 90s!

      • Vinnie1991

        September 21, 2018 at 4:41 am

        And almost for Alexander Rossi.
        In his rookie Indycar season winning the Indy500, and next year a lot of wins & fighting for the championship

  3. Anthony Thomas

    September 20, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Rosenqvist will be successful in IndyCar.

    Why not a dual program? Nobody complained when Mario Andretti was doing IndyCar and F1 at the same time throughout the 70’s. Not only that but sport car racing for first Ford then Ferrari.

    That is why Mario is considered one of the best drivers ever. Put that in your pipe in smoke it, David.

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