Felix Rosenqvist will start from pole position for the second of this weekend’s two FIA Formula E Championship Hong Kong ePrix races. The Mahindra Racing driver was fastest in this morning’s qualifying session, posting the quickest first and second sector times on his ‘Super Pole’ lap and then narrowly the barriers with a wild oversteer moment in the final part of the lap.
A surprise package of the session was Mitch Evans, who put his unfancied Jaguar Racing car on the front row alongside Rosenqvist. The New Zealander was quicker than than Rosenqvist in the twistier second and third sectors around the Harbourfront Circuit and fell just 0.054 seconds shy of claiming a shock pole.
His performance proved too good, however, for it was later found that he had exceeded the maximum allowed 200kW of power. That earned him a two-place grid penalty, dropping him to fourth on the grid.
That promoted series debutante Edoardo Mortara to the front row of the grid. The Swiss driver showed some of his open-wheel rustiness with a scruffy warm-up lap before his ‘Super Pole’ effort, but still managed to hustle his Venturi third-fastest overall.
Behind him was the winner of the opening Hong Kong ePrix, Sam Bird. The DS Virgin Racing driver will, however, incur a 10-place grid drop after the race stewards issued him with a further penalty for his pit lane incident in Saturday’s race. The Briton was issued with a drive-through penalty during the race when he failed to park his car inside his pit garage for the car change.
Overnight, the stewards conducted a further review and additionally determined he was guilty of “dangerous driving” in the pit lane for hitting the entry of his garage.
Evans and Bird’s respective penalties promote Daniel Abt two places to third on the grid. The Audi driver deranged his steering after a brush with the barriers on his flying lap in the ‘Super Pole’ session.
Alex Lynn narrowly missed out on a ‘Super Pole’ berth in the second DS Virgin entry with thew sixth-fastest time, but will start the race from fifth on the grid ahead of António Félix da Costa (Andretti).
Yesterday’s pole-winner Jean-Éric Vergne could manage no better than eighth-fastest in his Techeetah, outpacing the NIO pairing of Oliver Turvey and Luca Filippi. Rosenqvist’s teammate Nick Heidfeld was tenth-fastest overall.
After failing to score a point in yesterday’s first race, defending champion Lucas di Grassi gave himself plenty of work to do in Sunday’s race by qualifying a lowly thirteenth-fastest, seven-tenths of a second off the pace of Evans’ provisional group qualifying pace.
The Brazilian’s session was better than that of his long-time rival Sébastien Buemi, who brushed the barriers on his flying lap. The Swiss driver was slowest overall and will start the race from the back of the grid in his Renault e.dams.
|2017 Formula E Hong Kong ePrix – Race 2 ‘Super Pole’ Results|
|Pos||Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap*|
|1.||Felix Rosenqvist||Mahindra Racing||1:02.836|
|2.||Mitch Evans^||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||1:02.890||+ 0.054|
|3.||Edoardo Mortara||Venturi Formula E Team||1:03.108||+ 0.272|
|4.||Sam Bird^||DS Virgin Racing||1:22.559||+ 0.215|
|5.||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:03.715||+ 0.879|
|2017 Formula E Hong Kong ePrix – Race 2 Preliminary Qualifying Results|
|Pos||Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap*|
|6.||Alex Lynn||DS Virgin Racing||1:02.929||+ 0.352|
|7.||António Félix da Costa||MS&AD Andretti Formula E||1:02.979||+ 0.402|
|8.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Techeetah||1:02.982||+ 0.405|
|9.||Oliver Turvey||NIO Formula E Team||1:03.092||+ 0.515|
|10.||Luca Filippi||NIO Formula E Team||1:03.210||+ 0.633|
|11.||Nick Heidfeld||Mahindra Racing||1:03.276||+ 0.699|
|12.||Nelson Piquet Jr||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||1:03.310||+ 0.733|
|13.||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:03.346||+ 0.769|
|14.||Nicolas Prost||Renault e.Dams||1:03.418||+ 0.841|
|15.||Maro Engel||Venturi Formula E Team||1:03.446||+ 0.869|
|16.||Kamui Kobayashi||MS&AD Andretti Formula E||1:03.473||+ 0.896|
|17.||André Lotterer||Techeetah||1:03.845||+ 1.268|
|18.||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||1:03.849||+ 1.272|
|19.||Neel Jani||Dragon Racing||1:04.612||+ 2.035|
|20.||Sébastien Buemi||Renault e.Dams||1:05.346||+ 2.769|
* Denotes gap to fastest Q1 qualifying lap time of 1:02.577 posted by Mitch Evans.
^ Post-Qualifying Penalties:
- Mitch Evans – who provisionally qualified second-fastest – will serve a two-place grid penalty for exceeding the maximum allowed power output of 200kW during qualifying.
Sam Bird– who provisionally qualified fourth-fastest – will serve a 10-place grid penalty for dangerous driving down the pit lane in Race 1.
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