Rosenqvist had qualified sixth for the race but ran wide at the first corner, falling to 15th place in the process, and was only able to recover to 11th place at the finish as his title hopes took another dent.
“I was going for a gamble because I know I had to probably win the race to get back in the championship fight,” said Rosenqvist.
“I saw an opportunity with everyone stacking up on the inside, and I thought ‘ok, let’s try the outside’, not going the normal racing line, braking late, trying to take two or three guys in the first corner, and I went in too quick.
“I underestimated the grip that we have in the first lap. It’s quite low. It’s a mistake on my side.”
Despite falling down the order on lap one, Rosenqvist believed he would be able to recover to a points finish at least, but was left frustrated by the pace of his Mahindra on the day.
“I’ve had many times this year when I was back in P12 or P13, and I managed to come back to a podium position, even winning a race in Hong Kong,” said Rosenqvist.
“It was very different today because I didn’t have anything to give. I was trying, waiting to be able to come back but I never had the pace.”
Since finishing fifth in the Punta del Este E-Prix in March, Rosenqvist has scored just seven points in the last three races and now sits 76 points off the Jean-Eric Vergne’s championship lead. Rosenqvist admits he is a little confused by his team’s recent struggles.
“It’s a bit of mystery,” said Rosenqvist. “We’ve changed some parts on the car, I don’t know if that could be something, but we’ve had a different behaviour compared to most tracks and we don’t really know why.
“These last two races, we’ve had to really try some things and see if we can get back some speed.
With only three races remaining, Rosenqvist admits his title hopes are probably now over, and he’s concentrating more on the threat from behind rather than catching Vergne.
“Miracles happen, but this kind of miracle happens once in a century,” said Rosenqvist.
“When everything works, we’ll get back in the fight, but at the moment it’s not working as we want, so that’s what we need to fix and then we’ll see.
“I want to keep third place. I think Sam [Bird] is still in realistic reach, so maybe I could get P2, but now it’s getting very tight behind me. I think Abt, Di Grassi, all these guys are catching up now.
“It’s going to be food fun with these guys for the last couple of races.”
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