Rome E-Prix – Mahindra Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist took pole position ahead of DS Virgin’s Sam Bird for the inaugural Rome Formula E race.
Rosenqvist was second fastest in group qualifying but set a dominant lap in super pole to go 0.676s clear of the field, despite tapping the wall with his right-rear wheel on the exit of the Turns 11/12 chicane.
He gets three points for pole position, reducing his championship deficit to Jean-Eric Vergne to 27 points.
Mitch Evans was third for Jaguar, ahead of group qualifying pacesetter Andre Lotterer and Sebastien Buemi who ran wide at the Turn 13 hairpin after setting a purple middle sector.
Lucas di Grassi missed out on super pole by 0.062s after Lotterer put in a blinding final sector, knocking the reigning champion out of the top five.
Oliver Turvey was seventh, ahead of championship leader Vergne. Audi’s Daniel Abt and Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld completed the top ten.
After two crashes during free practice Alex Lynn managed to get his DS Virgin across the line for 11th ahead of Tom Blomqvist and FP1 pacesetter Nelson Piquet Jr.
Dragon’s Jerome D’Ambrosio and NIO’s Luca Filippi failed to get to the chequered flag in time to set a 200kW lap, leaving them 16th and 18th respectively.
Edoardo Mortara hit the wall on the exit of Turn 12, and had to wrestle his Venturi across the line with rear suspension damage to secure 17th on the grid.
Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez and Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa both failed to make it onto the racetrack after they collided in the pit lane. Da Costa was released into Lopez’s path and both cars were damaged in the incident.
Although Formula E uses two cars, a qualifying car must be nominated ahead of the session, meaning they could not use their other cars to qualify.