Rosenqvist Wins In Hong Kong After Abt Disqualification
Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist took victory in race 2 of the Hong Kong ePrix season opening double header. Rosenqvist was promoted to the top step after Daniel Abt was disqualified from the race due to a technical infringement and denied the opportunity to take his first FIA Formula E race win for the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler team.
At the moment the race result is provisional as the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler team will appeal the stewards decision to the FIA International Court of Appeal.
The podium was made up by three different teams with Rosenqvist joined on the podium by Venturi Formula E Team driver Edoardo Mortara and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans.
Rosenqvist took victory despite spinning into turn 1 in front of the entire field. The Swede recovered to take the win and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
here’s been a lot of ups-and-downs all weekend, but I’m happy with taking away 29 points – for pole, winning the race and fastest lap – it’s a lot of points! But I feel sorry for Daniel as well, he won the race on track, but I don’t know the reason. It’s not the way you want to win and I don’t feel like I’ve won the race. But I’m happy with the points. Sometimes you’re happy and then you’re sad, like yesterday we were in P15 and turned it around – getting fastest lap but it got taken away, so there’s been a lot like that but I’ll take maximum points and third in the championship.
The victory was Rosenqvist’s second Formula E race win following his victory in Berlin last season.
Speaking following the race, second placed Edoardo Mortara commented by saying:
It’s difficult to find the words actually after a race like that. It’s tough to swallow. We had the pace and managed the race from the beginning to the end. I was checking my energy consumption and the gap to Daniel the entire race and I guess at some point I wanted too much. Sometimes you need to admit it – you were too confident and I should’ve focussed on bringing home the win. We showed the others today we had the pace, and I’ll improve myself at the next races.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing scored their first podium finish since entering the FIA Formula E championship with Mitch Evans finishing third. It was Jaguar’s first podium finish since Eddie Irvine scored a third place finish at the 2002 Italian Grand Prix.
Speaking following the race, Evans commented by saying:
“I’m proud to secure Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s first podium in Formula E. It’s bittersweet as Daniel is a good guy and a mate of mine. After a tough year in our first season, this is a great reward for the hard work of everyone in the team. Tonight we will celebrate this achievement together and then work hard to repeat it.
Round three of the FIA Formula E Championship takes place on January 13 with the Marrakesh ePrix.