Felix Rosenqvist pulled out all the stops in the dying moments of his Super Lap to take pole position for this season’s Mexico City ePrix.
Group One consisted of Lucas di Grassi, Maro Engel, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Tom Blomqvist and Luca Filippi. A 1.02:079 for Di Grassi was enough to go quickest in group one, but only being a few tenth up on Maro Engel didn’t exactly set the world on fire. An error for Blomqvist saw him only manage a best of 1:02.443.
Jean Eric Vergne, Felix Rosenqvist, Sam Bird, Sebastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet made up Group 2 with Rosenqvist the first to start his flying lap. A personal best in the first sector and quickest in the second was enough to usurp Di Grassi’s time by a margin of four-tenths of a second. Vergne was quick but scrubbed off time through the exits of the corners, yet enough to go provisional second by a tenth of a second. Buemi however was going purple and took top spot by eight one-thousandths of a second.
A suspension issue carried over from practice hampered Bird’s efforts to finish at the bottom of the pack, while Vergne also bemoaned the performance of his Techeetah.
Group Three’s Antonio Felix da Costa, Jose Maria López, Alex Lynn, Nico Prost and Oliver Turvey were next out with Lynn in particular hoping to redeem himself after his heavy Practice Two crash. The Brit was aggressive through the chicane to elevate him to provisional fourth behind a hard-charging Da Costa. Turvey would further demote Lynn down one more spot.
The final Group of Edoardo Mortara, Mitch Evans, Nick Heidfeld, Andre Lotterer and Daniel Abt had their destiny in their hands with the circuit now at its cleanest during qualifying. Abt was the first man out but a handful of tenths outside the top spot. Evans Jaguar cut power briefly to lose half a second while Lotterer could only provide a time good enough for tenth. Heidfeld too was outside the super pole time by five tenths, while Prost finished back in seventeenth.
Super Pole shootout would feature Buemi, Rosenqvist, Da Costa, Turvey and Lynn, with the Brit the first man out. A tidy lap from the Brit to record a 1.02:014 from Lynn was a tidy lap. A lock-up from Turvey at turn three put him a tenth behind his compatriot.
Despite a few lock-ups, Da Costa was up by a tenth on Lynn half way through the lap to go to provisional pole. The Portuguese driver’s fortune was short-lived – being usurped by Rosenqvist by two tenths, finding all his time in the final sector. A mistake in turn one put Buemi nine tenths off where he needed to be, giving Rosenqvist and Mahindra Racing the pole and an important two points off the championship lead.
“I thought I lost it in the first chicane, but I got away with it”, said Rosenqvist after qualifying.
By virtue of their grid penalties, Lynn, Bird and Di Grassi will start from positions 13th, 19th and 20th respectively.