Rosenqvist capitalizing on ‘releasing feeling’ together with his future secured
Felix Rosenqvist believes the sense of freedom that got here with having his IndyCar future sorted forward of this weekend’s season-finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca helped to place him within the place to struggle for pole for Sunday’s race.
The Swede edged out Scott McLaughlin to say pole for what will likely be his ultimate race with Arrow McLaren. Questions round his subsequent steps have been answered earlier this week when it was introduced that he’ll transfer to Meyer Shank Racing subsequent 12 months, and Rosenqvist stated that the finalizing that deal felt liberating.
“Like most of us, we don’t prefer to admit that we’re struggling or being beneath strain,” he stated. “Clearly I’ve been within the state of affairs for fairly a very long time the place I don’t actually know what my future’s going to carry. I at all times form of performed it off like, ‘It’s wonderful, I obtained it beneath management.’
“I feel a pair months in the past, I began having some dangerous outcomes. We had quite a lot of DNFs and stuff. Form of issues out of my management. You get to a degree the place you must settle one thing for subsequent 12 months. It’s clearly nerve-racking. I feel that really obtained to me a bit.
“Having signed a multi-year contract, I couldn’t actually imagine how free I might really feel after that, so… It’s form of reminder for the long run whenever you really feel wired, you must handle these issues first, be sure you’re good and relaxed on the monitor.”
Rosenqvist stated he’s keenly conscious of the importance of signing off on his tenure with Arrow McLaren with a pole place.
“In a manner, it’s ironic,” he stated. “It’s simply form of proving the tempo we’ve got, that we maintain having. Issues haven’t been easy. We haven’t been adequate this 12 months. I made quite a lot of errors. The staff made quite a lot of errors. We had some unlucky issues taking place.
“The primary factor you wish to maintain displaying as a driver is your tempo. Clearly, Portland was an excellent weekend for us. To kick off this weekend like that is simply good.
“As I say, it’s the final weekend with the staff, so a bit emotional clearly. I like all these guys and women in Arrow McLaren. It’s undoubtedly an ideal approach to finish issues.”