Mitch Evans has further secured his possibility of winning the Formula E championship with a fantastic qualifying result.
Evans qualified provisionally 6th which put him in position to qualify in the super pole. Super pole is a one lap hole shot qualifying format for the top 6 drivers after regular qualifying, where the pole position driver is also awarded three championship points.
Evans was sent out of the garage first (because he was 6/6 drivers) to drive his lap in the super pole session and managed to keep atop of the timesheet after two more drivers attempted their laps. But unfortunately, Evans was out paced by Stoffel Vandoorne who claimed pole, and Oliver Rowland who qualified 2nd.
The entire atmosphere of the pit garages and the sidelines where the drivers awaited their times to be announced was extremely tense. Evans’ feelings were obvious and clearly shown on his face and with his hand movements.
Third position is a great spot for Evans to start the final race from. He now sits in 4th position and is only 5 points away from the current leader. A high starting position now gives him even more leverage and possibility of pulling of a race win and a championship title!
His rivals qualified further down the pack than expected so it was perfect timing for Evans to show his form in a qualifying session.
Current leader Nyck de Vries qualified: 13th. 2nd placed Edoardo Mortara qualified 11th and 3rd placed Jake Dennis ended up 9th.
Evans said afterwards in a post qualifying interview: “… we were happy with this result because in FP2 we were struggling with the car. We are really in an ideal spot in P3 but I think we have only done 10% of the job now.
“We are going to need to execute a good clean race and we have a serious chance of winning it all now”.
When asked by the reporter if he was going to take it easy and teeth out his P3 spot or go for the win, he replied: “No. Of course today we will be going out for the win!”.
Fellow Kiwi Nick Cassidy failed to find pace again at the now reversed Berlin track and unfortunately qualified 24th. That means mathematically there is a chance he can win the championship, but starting last and winning the race would be near impossible in these circumstances.
The race will be sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats with the tightness of the points. Every position gain and loss will be crucial in this race.
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