Felix Rosenqvist took pole position for the second ePrix of the weekend in Montreal, while both championship challengers made mistakes.
Rosenqvist’s Mahindra was neck and neck with the leading time of Jean-Eric Vergne, but it was the final sector which was four-tenths faster than the Frenchman’s time which secured him pole position.
After missing the apex at Turn 1, Sam Bird was fastest through the first sector for DS Virgin Racing. However, a mistake later in the lap meant that he ended up two-tenths behind Rosenqvist, kicking himself that he could have gone faster and taken pole.
Jean-Eric Vergne will start from third this evening, with the Frenchman making most of his time in the first sector for Techeetah, keeping it clean for the rest of the lap to stay ahead of the second Mahindra of Nick Heidfeld.
During Super Pole, it was Lucas Di Grassi’s time to make a mistake, locking the rear brakes into Turn 1 and oversteering through the corner. He wasn’t able to make up time and will start the race from fifth. In turn for not securing pole position, he won’t collect the extra three points to aid his title challenge.
Daniel Abt just missed out on the Super Pole, pipped at the line by Nick Heidfeld in what proved to be the fastest group of the four.
Nico Prost qualified seventh in the Renault e.dams but will start at the back of the grid after receiving a 20-place grid penalty for changing the battery and inverter, caused by a post-race fire yesterday.
Sebastien Buemi was handed an instant disadvantage by qualifying out of the first group. He locked up into Turn 1 on his 200kw lap, resulting in him finishing third in the group and qualifying 14th overall. His championship fight dented by not taking the three points for pole position, although the penalty for Prost elevates him to 13th.
Both Andretti Autosport drivers had to contend with a car with heavy oversteer, Antonio Felix da Costa only one place ahead of Robin Frijns in 15th. They will start just behind Buemi, two drivers the Renault e.dams driver took issue with after yesterday’s race.
Jose-Maria Lopez nearly hit the wall on his 200kw lap, and although the fastest of the first group it was only good enough for 12th fastest in the DS Virgin Racing car.
Mitch Evans had a massive lock up heading into Turn 1, in which the Jaguar looked out of control, but was able to continue without hitting the wall. His team-mate Adam Carroll didn’t have any better luck, finishing the qualifying in 18th and 20th positions at the back of the field.