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Rosenqvist Takes Third Pole of Season in Rome

Felix Rosenqvist puts Mahindra on pole in Rome for third time this season…

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Felix Rosenqvist secured his third pole position of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season in Rome on Saturday afternoon.

The Mahindra Racing driver set a Super Pole time of 1:36.311 to go 0.676 seconds up on Sam Bird, who will line up alongside him on the grid for this afternoon’s race.

Rosenqvist also scored pole in Mexico City and for Race 2 at Hong Kong earlier this season and has closed the championship gap to leader Jean-Eric Vergne to 27 seconds.

His Super Pole performance put him almost 0.8 seconds ahead after the second sector although he lost a little time by touching the wall after coming loose out of the Obelisk chicane.

Bird qualified second for DS Virgin Racing while Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans will start from third.

Andre Lotterer will start from fourth after going quickest overall in the group stages, while Sebastien Buemi was the slowest driver in Super Pole.

The Renault e.dams driver’s lap was 1.5 seconds down on the pole sitter as a result of him going too wide at the hairpin.

The major incident of the session was a collision in the pit lane between Antonio Felix da Costa and Jose Maria Lopez.

The Andretti driver exited his pit box at the start of the fourth group qualifying session and drove into the side of Lopez’s Dragon Racing car, taking both out of contention.

Jerome d’Ambrosio and Luca Filippi, who were in the first group session, both missed the chance to set a flying lap and were only able to set one timed warm up lap.

Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet Jr. looked set to make it into Super Pole until he lost 1.2 seconds in the final sector after going into the chicane too quickly and briefly spinning.

Edoardo Mortara, meanwhile, hit the wall on the exit of the Obelisk chicane, damaging his steering and forcing him to limp across the line.

The inaugural Rome E-Prix will get underway at 4 p.m. local time.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

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