Arrow McLaren driver Felix Rosenqvist showcased his skill and determination as he made his way through the grid in Sunday’s second race of the weekend double-header. Despite starting from 16th position, Rosenqvist utilized a combination of strategic maneuvers and successful overtakes to climb up the order. His progress was further aided by a timely yellow flag caused by Sting Ray Robb’s car losing a wheel, which propelled him to fifth place. In the final stint of the race, the Swedish driver found himself elevated to second position after gaining positions during the green-flag pitstops. With his sights set on race leader Josef Newgarden, Rosenqvist launched an attack in the closing stages, only to be impeded by several backmarkers. Although a late-race caution gave him hope for a final opportunity to chase victory, Rosenqvist was ultimately overtaken by Will Power at the green flag and pushed wide at Turn 1, causing him to drop to fifth place. Undeterred, he fought his way back past Power’s Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin to secure a commendable fourth-place finish. Reflecting on his performance, Rosenqvist expressed his disappointment at not being on the podium but acknowledged the positive momentum his team had gained.
McLaren Engineers’ Improvements Lead to Phenomenal Turnaround
Rosenqvist credited his McLaren engineers for their instrumental role in enhancing the performance of his car compared to the previous day’s race, where he had only managed a 13th-place finish. The team had encountered difficulties during Saturday’s race, but they were able to make significant improvements overnight. The Arrow McLaren driver praised the substantial leap in car performance, noting that while he had perceived his car as a top-12 contender on the previous day, it had transformed into a potential race-winning machine for Sunday’s event. Rosenqvist described the race as enjoyable, highlighting a moment when he had fallen a lap behind but managed to stage an impressive recovery. He commended his team for executing two excellent stints in the middle of the race, although he admitted to struggling a bit towards the end. Overall, Rosenqvist’s performance showcased the team’s ability to adapt and make significant improvements within a short period.
Power Secures Second Place and Praises Car’s Performance
Will Power, who finished second in the race, expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance. The driver admitted to struggling initially but credited his engineer for making a crucial adjustment by reducing the car’s wing settings. This modification significantly improved Power’s pace, and he found himself with a competitive car capable of challenging for victory. The Australian driver believed that pitting a few laps earlier would have given him a better chance of securing second place behind Newgarden. Despite narrowly missing out on the top spot, Power expressed his delight with the overall performance of his car, considering it the best he had experienced at the circuit. He concluded by expressing his determination to eventually beat Newgarden in future races.
With Rosenqvist’s impressive drive and Arrow McLaren’s significant car improvements, the team has gained valuable momentum heading into future races. The Swedish driver’s ability to strategically navigate the field and execute successful overtakes demonstrates his skill and determination. McLaren’s engineers played a vital role in enhancing the car’s performance, leading to a remarkable turnaround from a challenging previous race. Will Power’s second-place finish and praise for his car’s performance further highlight the team’s competitiveness. As the season progresses, Arrow McLaren will undoubtedly strive to build upon their recent successes and continue to challenge the front-runners in the championship.