Marrakech Formula E: Mahindra's Felix Rosenqvist gets surprise pole

Felix Rosenqvist will start his second Formula E race from pole position after a stunning qualifying performance in Marrakech

Marrakech Formula E: Mahindra's Felix Rosenqvist gets surprise pole

The Mahindra rookie was second-fastest in the group stage, behind Jean-Eric Vergne for Renault's customer squad Techeetah.

Rosenqvist, who set the fastest lap on his debut in Hong Kong, then outpaced defending FE champion Sebastien Buemi in the superpole to clinch pole despite his 1m21.546s being almost a second slower than Buemi's practice benchmark.

Hong Kong race winner Buemi made a small mistake at Turn 1 on his superpole lap, but still edged Sam Bird to a front-row start.

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Vergne will start fifth, behind a scrappy Nelson Piquet Jr, after a "huge mistake" from the team meant he left the garage too late to get to the end of the pitlane before the red light came on.

Lucas di Grassi reckoned a small mistake at Turn 1 cost him a vital "two or three tenths" and the Abt Audi Sport man will start down in 12th.

He thought without the error he would have been in the vicinity of team-mate Daniel Abt, who will line up sixth.

Nico Prost will start seventh in the second Renault e.dams entry, with NextEV's Hong Kong front-row starter Oliver Turvey and Andretti duo Robin Frijns and Antonio Felix da Costa completing the top 10.

Jaguar's muted start to life in FE continued with Mitch Evans qualifying 15th and Adam Carroll ending up slowest after a mistake at Turn 1 on his full-power lap.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 1m21.509s -
2 Sam Bird Virgin DS Virgin 1m21.686s 0.177s
3 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m23.879s 2.370s
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault - -
5 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m21.725s -
6 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 1m21.777s -
7 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 1m21.546s -
8 Oliver Turvey NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m21.853s -
9 Robin Frijns Andretti Andretti 1m21.912s -
10 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti 1m22.073s -
11 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 1m22.074s -
12 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m22.081s -
13 Jose Maria Lopez Virgin DS Virgin 1m22.133s -
14 Maro Engel Venturi Venturi 1m22.236s -
15 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 1m22.270s -
16 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m22.355s -
17 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 1m22.681s -
18 Ma Qinghua Techeetah Renault 1m23.248s -
19 Loic Duval Dragon Penske 1m23.933s -
20 Adam Carroll Jaguar Jaguar 1m25.695s -

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