Formula E

Macau Grand Prix champion Felix Rosenqvist back to try to make it historic three titles in a row

Swede is competing in the Formula E Hong Kong ePrix this weekend

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 4:52pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 11:38pm

Reigning two-time Macau Grand Prix champion Felix Rosenqvist will return to the Guia circuit next month in an attempt to become the first driver ever to win the race three times.

The Swede is racing on the Formula E electric circuit this season – and is in Hong Kong this weekend for the season-opening ePrix this Sunday – as well as DTM and America’s Indy Lights series.

But he’ll make a special appearance in Macau in a bid to win a record ninth title with the SJM Theodore Racing by Prema team.

“Just saying the words “Macau” and “Formula 3” brings a smile to my face, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be racing there once again this year,” said Rosenqvist in a statement.

“It’s the one race in the world that has had the greatest impact on me and my career, and when the prospect of doing it again with came up, it was simply too tempting an opportunity.

“I really can’t wait to get back out on track in Macau and experiencing that driving sensation again; you can’t get it anywhere else.”

The Macau GP is on November 17 to 20 this year.

Rosenqvist is one of only two men to have won the Formula 3 race twice, and the only one to have done it back-to-back.

That success was key to winning the Formula E gig that will see him compete over a different street circuit, in Hong Kong’s Central, on Sunday.

“After the second time I won in Macau, the discussions immediately started to become serious,” said the 24-year-old Swede.

“Macau was crucial, as it has been for the careers of so many drivers over the years. My success there played a huge role in me ending up here in Formula E.

“After my first win I was contacted and that sort of planted a seed. Then, after the second win, it was time to get serious.”

And Rosenqvist is looking forward to impressing his fans across the Pearl River Delta.

“It almost seems a bit like I am coming home,” he said.

“I’ve spent time in Hong Kong during my trips to Macau and had a lot of a success and a lot of fun over there. It will be tough, starting something new for me, but the success I had in Macau and over the past 12 months or so has left me confident.”

Rosenqvist will be joined at the 63rd Macau GP by Nick Cassidy, the reigning Japanese Formula 3 champion and Maximilian Gunther, who currently sits second in the European F3 Championship.

Theodore Racing chief Teddy Yip Jnr, whose father was one of the key figures in making Macau one of the most respected events in motorsport, added: “A record ninth Macau GP victory would certainly be a fantastic way to round off a spectacular year. Taking the Teams’ title in GP2 and F4 plus winning both the teams’ and Drivers’ Championship in F3 marks an unforgettable season, and it’s not over yet.

“Felix may have graduated from F3 but he is hungry for a hat-trick of Macau GP victories which will definitely give him an edge. Both Maxi and Nick have been incredibly impressive in our FIA European F3 cars this year, currently standing second and fourth in the championship and they certainly deserve the opportunity to impress in Macau.”