Felix Rosenqvist had high hopes for himself this weekend on the streets of Toronto. In his rookie season in the NTT IndyCar Series, Toronto is a track that he had previously seen before.
See, Rosenqvist swept the weekend in 2016 in Indy Lights competition on the Exhibition Place circuit. With a fourth place finish on the streets of St. Pete earlier this season to go along with a fourth place run in Belle Isle last month, the Sweden native was expecting scoring a ton of points this weekend.
He leaves the Honda Indy Toronto with 30 points following a fifth place run in his No. 10 Honda. It was Rosenqvist’s second straight top six run and third top five finish of the season. He also has seven top 10 finishes in 11 tries in 2019 as well.
Despite that, he leaves not too thrilled. After his past success to go along with being third, second and second respectively in practice this weekend to go along with qualifying third, Rosenqvist expected a podium instead.
“Having been in the front all weekend in the NTT DATA/CESSNA car, I was hoping we’d have our first podium here,” said Rosenqvist. “That was the target, but I tried to limit my expectations. We had a tough start. The start itself was not too bad, but I think I was just too cautious into Turn 3 and into Turn 5 and that hurt. Some guys were really aggressive there and I kind of didn’t expect them to be, so they took the opportunity. From there, it’s kind of hard to get back, and once you’re a second or so behind, it’s hard to make a difference in the dirty air. At the end of the day, we salvaged what we had and we managed to get back up to P5. Top five is always good and I think we have some momentum here.”