Felix Rosenqvist slips, slides and scorches into Hong Kong E-Prix pole after Formula E qualifying
The Swedish Mahindra driver posts fastest time in Super Pole shoot-out with Mitch Evans also on the front row
Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) will start from the front of the grid in the second of the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix weekend’s double-header on Sunday, the Swiss ace slipping and sliding but still scorching around the Central Harbourfront track during Super Pole qualifying.
That makes it four pole positions from his 14 starts so far in the FIA Formula E series.
“I’m surprised and happy,” said the 26-year-old. “It was not the cleanest lap of my career, with a lot of sideways action going on. But we’ll take that.
“I think I wanted it a little too much! My rear tyres were going off but I decided to keep with it, it was probably a good lap to watch.”
Kiwi flier Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) put a poor Saturday behind him to grab second on the grid, followed by Formula E rookie Edoardo Montara (Venturi Formula E Team).
Birthday boy Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) – he turned 25 today – moves up to fourth after yesterday’s opening-race winner Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) was handed a 10-place grid penalty after almost collecting a few people when he slid into the side of the garage during his mid-race swap.
So even though Bird was fourth after Super Pole, he’ll start from 14th on the gird come Sunday afternoon.
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