Felix Rosenqvist’s retirement from the lead of the Rome E-Prix last weekend was caused by “a bad part” on his rear suspension, according to the Mahindra Racing driver.
Rosenqvist confirmed via his regular column with e-racing365 that the suspension failure happened after a bolt broke off a section of the left-rear suspension assembly.
The findings come after initial suspicions that Rosenqvist himself had contributed to the suspension breakage by over-aggressively using kerbs at the Turn 18 chicane on the Circuito Cittadino Dell’EUR.
The Swede stopped after the breakage contributed to him losing all drive while in control of the inaugural Rome E-Prix.
“It was something like a bolt that broke off, that afterwards seemed to have been a bad part which couldn’t be spotted from the outside but could be seen when the bolt was actually broken off,” wrote Rosenqvist.
“So nothing really to do, it was hard to blame anyone for that. I think it was just one of those freak accidents.”
Rosenqvist had been concerned immediately after the stoppage that his driving had directly caused the breakage.
“I had been worried if I was taking too much kerb or something like that, but the team was certain that was not the case and we did everything that we should do,” he said.
“The part was just something that had probably been giving up throughout the day more and more, sort of a crack getting worse and worse and then finally giving up with nine laps to go or whatever it was.”
Rosenqvist saw his title odds widen after the retirement as he slipped to 37 points behind leader Jean-Eric Vergne.
It was the second time that the Mahindra driver had retired from the lead, the other being as he enjoyed a similarly healthy lead at the Mexico City E-Prix last month.