Felix Rosenqvist claimed pole position for the 2018 Mexican ePrix as Andretti driver Antonio Felix Da Costa starred with P2 on the grid for the American team, before being demoted to fourth place with an underweight car
Rosenqvist had made it through to superpole with second place in the group rounds, just 0.008s behind pacesetter Sebastien Buemi, and was the penultimate driver to set a time in the superpole session. Da Costa had jumped to the top following his run showing an incredible turn of pace for the Andretti team, before Rosenqvist took pole by 0.207s with a 1:01.645s second lap time. Buemi was the last to run in superpole but his lap got worse and worse during his run following a lock up at turn one. He ended up over eight tenths off the pace and slowest of the five, but will start in third thanks to a ten place grid penalty for third place qualifier Alex Lynn and post qualifying drama for Da Costa. Da Costa’s car was found to be underweight following the session, however he still starts from fourth as Oliver Turvey moves up to second on the grid and Buemi up to third.
Lucas Di Grassi already had a ten place penalty, but running in group one saw him seriously disadvantaged and though he topped that group he will start from last place as he looks to score his first points of the year. Fellow front runners and title contenders Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird only managed seventh and ninth, but Bird also has a ten place penalty as both D.S Virgin cars had to change their gearboxes. Rising track temperatures throughout the session saw those in the final group before superpole falter and fail to break into the top five, including second place finisher in Santiago Andre Lotterer, and Di Grassi’s teammate Daniel Abt. The German though does start sixth in what is a very rapid car in race trim.
Rosenqvist’s pole has closed the championship lead between himself and Vergne, from five points to two ahead of the race. Bird has a mountain to climb in order to stay near the top guys in the championship thanks to his lowly qualifying position and Buemi aims to get closer to Vergne and Rosenqvist, following two podiums in a row in Marrakech and Santiago. The race starts at 10pm UK time with coverage on 5Spike commencing at 9:30pm.