Those comments were followed by an unprompted vote of support from rival racer Graham Rahal who said Rosenqvist deserves to stay on the IndyCar grid.
“First off, Felix has to prove nothing to anybody,” said Rahal, who drives for the team his father co-owns, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
“The guy is an exceptional talent. He belongs in IndyCar racing. I hope he finds a spot. I know if we had room at the end I’d be pushing for him.”
Felix Rosenqvist is contracted to McLaren to contest IndyCar or Formula E in 2023 (Supplied)
When asked to elaborate in the post-pace press conference on his comments – particularly whether there was scope to switch teams – Rosenqvist affirmed his desire to stay in North America.
“That’s entirely a question for Zak,” said the Swede.
“I’ve made my point that I’m very happy with the team. I think it shows, a super group. I think we worked hard the last two years to kind of build up a very strong team.
“We have good strategy, good pit stops. I think I’m able to extract most out of the car most weekends now.”
It’s been a turn of form for Rosenqivst this year. After two turbulent seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing across 2019 and 2020, he joined McLaren in 2021
His first campaign was forgettable, recording just two top 10 finishes in a season that saw him sidelined for two races with concussion-like symptoms following a monster crash.
Alex Palou finds himself in the middle of a contract spat between his current team Chip Ganassi Racing and McLaren (Supplied)
This year he finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 and has been a top 10 finisher on five occasions from 10 races to date, including his most recent podium in Toronto.
“I think if you asked me end of last year, obviously it would have been a different answer,” Rosenqvist added.
“But right now I’m just very happy where I’m at. I think I would be crazy if I said I wanted to go somewhere else.
“I want to be where I’m at right now. I think Arrow McLaren SP has pretty much become a home for me.
“Yeah, it’s up to Zak. He’s the man who is making the moves. Probably going to take a couple weeks before we know more.
“Hopefully today changed something. My ambition is to keep proving it that way.”
Rosenqvist continues his IndyCar campaign with the double-header at Iowa Speedway on July 24-25 (AEST).
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