Felix Rosenqvist is refusing to give up on an outside run to the Formula E drivers’ title during his rookie campaign, but feels he is in “no man’s land” with four rounds remaining this season.
Rosenqvist rose to third in the drivers’ standings in Berlin last month after taking his maiden victory in the first race and finishing second after a penalty in Sunday’s event.
The Swede sits 71 points shy of Sebastien Buemi with four rounds remaining, but is set to make gains in New York as the series leader skips two races due to clashing sportscar commitments at the Nürburgring.
With 58 points on offer in New York, Rosenqvist could theoretically move into contention for the showdown in Montreal if he were to enjoy a weekend similar to Berlin.
However, Rosenqvist remained defensive when asked about his hopes for the remainder of the season ahead of this weekend’s race in New York, feeling more concerned about falling further down the championship than gaining positions.
“I think here we don’t really have much to prove because we are sort of in no-mans’ land in the drivers’ championship,” Rosenqvist told Current E.
“I think we have more to lose than to gain at the moment. I think we just rely on what we have. We know we are quick, we know we can be on the podium consistently.
“Just maybe if there is any need to make a big push, we will do it in Montreal.”
Rosenqvist admitted that the championship was “definitely” still in the back of his mind, but wants to avoid making any major errors to squander Mahindra’s current position.
“I think there’s some pressure from the team to obviously maybe try to go for P2 in the constructors’ and to keep P3 for me in the drivers’ championship, and Nick [Heidfeld] is obviously very close behind,” Rosenqvist said.
“We don’t want to throw anything away on a stupid mistake. This track looks very, very difficult, very inviting for mistakes.
“This is another reason why I think we start slowly and then we see what the weekend brings us.”