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Rosenqvist on pole ahead of da Costa – Qualifying Report

Mexico City E-Prix – Mahindra Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist took pole position in Mexico City, ahead of Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa who scored his first front row start.

Rosenqvist locked up into the Turns 3/4 chicane, missing the apex but he still had an advantage of two tenths of a second when he crossed the line with a time of 1:01.645 in super pole.

The three points the Swiss driver has scored for pole puts him two points behind championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne.

Da Costa starts from his career best qualifying position, with Alex Lynn qualifying in third for DS Virgin but he takes a 10-place grid penalty for a gearbox change so will start 13th.

This elevates NIO’s Oliver Turvey to third, and Sebastien Buemi, who had a big lock up into Turn 1 on his super pole lap, to fourth.

Daniel Abt missed out on a super pole chance having qualified sixth, ahead of Techeetah’s Vergne and Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet Jr, who went into qualifying having not put in a 200kW lap in free practice.

Sam Bird had a suspension issue on his qualifying lap, saying it felt as if it were not connected properly. He managed ninth but he too takes a gearbox penalty, so will start 19th. Nick Heidfeld completes the top ten after running off the circuit at Turn 1 on his lap.

Andre Lotterer could only manage 11th with a scruffy lap, ahead of Lucas di Grassi who still hunts his first points of the season after a string of reliability problems. He too has a 10-place grid penalty, his being for an inverter change and will start last.

There is yet more pain for the Brazilian, as he will take a further time penalty as he cannot serve the full grid penalty.

Mitch Evans lost drive in the first sector of his flying lap so could only manage 14th.

Edorardo Mortara had an issue on his lap which left him as the slowest qualifier in 20th.

Click here to see the session results.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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