McLaren didn’t finish with Felix Rosenqvist and on Thursday the Swedish driver signed a multi-year contract extension. The team did not specify where Rosenqvist would drive.
Rosenqvist could be carried over to McLaren’s new Formula E program when it launches in 2023, the team says.
“McLaren Racing is currently in the process of evaluating its driver lineup for 2023 with the newly formed McLaren Formula E Team to begin the first season in the all-electric series and with plans to expand Arrow McLaren SP into a three-car fleet with Felix driving in one of the two series,” the team said.
Rosenqvist is in her second season driving the No. 7 in IndyCar for McLaren. The team will expand to three cars next season and have announced the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winners Alexander Rossi will be part of the lineup.
Rosenqvist’s race for the seat has turned upside down in the past few months with the defending champion IndyCar Alex Palousix-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixonrising star Rinus VeeKay all mentioned as possibilities.
Rosenqvist is close with teammate IndyCar Pato O’Ward, and his recent performance has helped him keep his job. He’s had 4 consecutive top 10 finishes and 4th in the Indianapolis 500.
“With the team expanding into Formula E next season, it presents additional opportunities for me in both the US and Europe, and I look forward to announcing my plans in the coming days,” said Rosenqvist. next week,” said Rosenqvist. “I am delighted and grateful to have been given this opportunity to explore the new options available to leverage my experience to help McLaren start 2023 on the strongest possible path.”
Rosenqvist is in the fourth full season of IndyCar, his first two years with Chip Ganassi Racing. He was the rookie of the year 2019 and scored his only IndyCar goal the following season.
He raced three seasons in Formula E from 2016 to 2019, winning three races with six columns and seven podium finishes.
McLaren Racing head Zak Brown called Rosenqvist “an excellent racer, with a wealth of experience in a wide variety of racing cars.”
Brown said: “As a proven race winner in both categories, it is important for us to secure his talent in the McLaren Racing family as we work to fulfill our legacy. his plan for 2023,” Brown said. “His experience in Formula E will be invaluable as we enter this exciting new era of racing for McLaren Racing, but he has also made great contributions to our IndyCar team. I look forward to it. would love to work alongside him to complete the best chance for him next season.”