Rosenqvist grabs Rome pole

Felix Rosenqvist from Mahindra Racing will start this afternoon’s Rome ePrix from pole position.

The Swede was second fastest behind Andre Lotterer after group qualifying, but a brilliant effort during the super pole put him 0.676 seconds ahead of DS Virgin’s Sam Bird, who for a third time today is placed second on the timesheets.

Jaguar’s Mitch Evans went one better than three weeks ago in Punta del Este, 0.212 adrift from Bird.

Last to run in super pole was Andre Lotterer, but a scruffy lap placed him fourth on the grid, just 0.036 behind Evans.

Sebastien Buemi ended up in fifth place, after making a mistake in turn 13 on his super pole effort.

Lucas di Grassi will start from sixth, with Oliver Turvey, Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Abt and Nick Heidfeld rounding up the top ten.

Rome born Luka Filipi will start from 18 place, after his NIO team made a tactical mistake and he was unable to do a 200kw lap in group one, as was the case with Dragon’s Jarome d’Ambrosio.

Behind him will be only Jose Maria Lopez and Antonio Felix da Costa, after the two collided exiting the pit lane in group four with Lopez’s accident capping off Dragon’s nightmare qualifying.

The 33-lap Rome ePrix begins at 16:00 local time.

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