Perfectly calm and collected, Felix Rosenqvist cruised to pole position for the inagural Formula E Chamionship EPrix on the streets of Rome, Italy, after posting a time of 1m36.311s, just under a second slower than the 1m35.467s he posted in Free Practice 2, the fastest time of the day.
“It’s good to be back…but it’s not over yet” said the Swedish Mahindra Racing driver, moments after stepping out of the car.
Following closely behind, was Sam Bird with a time 1m36.987s putting him in second for the race. Behind Bird was Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans in third, followed by Andre Lotterer and Sebastien Buemi in fifth.
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi, he just missed out on Super Pole, finishing sixth in Qualifying with a time of 1m36.973s.
But the session wasn’t without drama, starting with home race hero Luca Filippi (NIO Formula E Team) and Jerome d’Ambrosio who both failed to set a hot lap after miscalculating the session times. Following that, Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E) was looking in good shape on his flying lap until he kissed the wall, damaging the rear right wheel of the car. Powering on, the half Italian, half Swiss driver wrestled the car over the finish line, with tire smoke pouring from the back.
With Mortara back in the pits, more drama unfolded as Jose Maria Lopez (Dragon) and Antonio Felix da Costa (MS&AD Andretti) collided in the pit lane as they drove out to start their laps. With both drivers unable to complete Qualifying laps, a furious Lopez stormed back to the garage.
Mid-way through the qualifying session, there was less than a second between the top five drivers for the start of the European leg of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
1 – Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
2 – Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing
3 – Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing
4 – Andre Lotterer, Techeetah
5 – Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams
6 – Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
7 – Oliver Turvey, NIO Formula E Team
8 – Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah
9 – Daniel Abt, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
10 – Nick Hiedfield, Mahindra Racing
11 – Alex Lynn, DS Virgin Racing
12 – Tom Blomqvist, MS&AD Andretti Formula E
13 – Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing
14 – Maro Engel, Venturi Formula E
15 – Nico Prost, Renault e.dams
16- Jerome d’Ambrosio, Dragon
17 – Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Formula E
18 – Luca Filippi, NIO Formula E Team
19 – Jose Maria Lopez, Dragon
20 – Antonio Felix da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E