Controversial Feature pole for Canada

Robert Wickens scored his second pole position in as many events when he took the top spot for Sunday's feature race in Mexico City - but he did so in hugely controversial circumstances

Controversial Feature pole for Canada

Wickens, who won his first A1GP event in the last round in Durban, set his fastest time of 1:20.278 despite blatantly doing so under waved yellow flags, after David Garza (Mexico) had lost it under braking for the chicane and slithered into the wall on the approach to Peraltada.

Garza's car stopped against the wall on the left side of the circuit, and a marshal brandishing a waved yellow flag stood to its rear, perilously close to the cars that were completing their laps.

In stark contrast to Wickens' approach, sprint race poleman Adrian Zaugg aborted his lap when he saw the yellows and will start the feature down in 10th position as a result.

"I got confused by the marshal, who was waving me to keep to the right," said Zaugg. "I thought he meant I should come into the pits. It confused me a lot, I must say."

Wickens grabbed the top spot from Neel Jani (Switzerland), who said he backed right off for the yellows.

"I lost at least two or three tenths," Jani said. "I think the stewards need to check that, because you shouldn't improve your sector time under yellows. I'm definitely not happy, because I feel I've lost a pole. I was on for a 1:20-dead."

However, following the session race control decreed that no action would be taken against any drivers regarding the yellow flag situation.

Wickens said: "I did lift a little bit. My car oversteered, so I had to. My front wheels looked close to it [Garza's stranded car], so I knew my rears would be even closer! The car was phenomenal, and it was a pretty good qualifying effort."

Team Germany's Michael Ammermuller will start third after a massive improvement late on, just beating a tightly-bunched pack comprising Oliver Jarvis (GB), Adam Carroll (Ireland), Jonny Reid (New Zealand) and Jonathan Summerton (USA).

Pos Driver Team Time 1. Robert Wickens Canada 1:20.278 2. Neel Jani Switzerland 1:20.320 + 0.042 3. Michael Ammermuller Germany 1:20.646 + 0.368 4. Oliver Jarvis Great Britain 1:20.705 + 0.427 5. Adam Carroll Ireland 1:20.708 + 0.430 6. Jonny Reid New Zealand 1:20.743 + 0.465 7. Jonathan Summerton USA 1:20.783 + 0.505 8. Felipe Albuquerque Portugal 1:20.825 + 0.547 9. Cheng Cong Fu China 1:20.859 + 0.581 10. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1:20.870 + 0.592 11. Alex Yoong Malaysia 1:20.939 + 0.661 12. Edoardo Piscopo Italy 1:20.953 + 0.675 13. Jeroen Bleekemolen Netherlands 1:21.263 + 0.985 14. Jonathan Cochet France 1:21.310 + 1.032 15. John Martin Australia 1:21.358 + 1.080 16. Jimmy Auby Lebanon 1:21.441 + 1.163 17. Adam Khan Pakistan 1:21.484 + 1.206 18. Bruno Junqueira Brazil 1:21.675 + 1.397 19. Satrio Hermanto Indonesia 1:21.788 + 1.510 20. Narain Karthikeyan India 1:21.909 + 1.631 21. Filip Salaquarda Czech Republic 1:22.333 + 2.055 22. David Garza Mexico 1:22.371 + 2.093 
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