Nicolas Prost wins Formula E Malaysia pole, but must serve 10-spot grid penalty

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e.dams-Renault’s Nicolas Prost is 2-for-2 in poles so far in Formula E after posting the fastest lap in tonight’s qualifying session for the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia.

However, the son of Formula One legend Alain Prost will have to serve a 10-spot grid penalty for his role in Nick Heidfeld’s nasty crash at the conclusion of September’s season opener in Beijing.

As a result, it will be Dragon Racing teammates Oriol Servia and Jerome d’Ambrosio that will lead the field at the start of the 31-lap race, which comes later tonight at 1 a.m. ET. Prost will roll off from 11th.

Prost, Servia, and d’Ambrosio turned in the three fastest overall laps from the third of four qualifying groups. Servia, the long-time IndyCar pilot, went to the provisional pole with a 1:22.010 with less than two minutes remaining for Group 3, but Prost answered with a 1:21.779 that would stand up as the quickest time.

The final group saw practice leader Sam Bird shoot to fourth on the overall grid with a 1:22.235, while Beijing winner Lucas di Grassi and Jaime Alguersuari failed to post times after they both crashed during their runs. Those two drivers will have to start from the back of the field.

Bird and Daniel Abt will line up from Row 2, followed by Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok in Row 3. Nelson Piquet and Heidfeld are in Row 4, and Row 5 features Bruno Senna and Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham from Andretti Formula E. Brabham’s teammate, Franck Montagny, will start a bit farther back in Row 7 with Stephane Sarrazin.

FIA FORMULA E at Putrajaya, Malaysia
Qualifying Results
*1. Nicolas Prost, 1:21.779
2. Oriol Servia, 1:22.010
3. Jerome d’Ambrosio, 1:22.205
4. Sam Bird, 1:22.235
5. Daniel Abt, 1:22.342
6. Jarno Trulli, 1:22.347
7. Karun Chandhok, 1:22.612
8. Nelson Piquet Jr., 122.620
9. Nick Heidfeld, 1:22.720
10. Bruno Senna, 1:22.816
11. Matthew Brabham, 1:22.941
12. Antonio Felix da Costa, 1:23.194
13. Stephane Sarrazin, 1:23.240
14. Franck Montagny, 1:23.697
15. Michela Cerruti, 1:23.857
16. Ho-Pin Tung, 1:23.894
17. Sebastien Buemi, 1:25.319
18. Katherine Legge, 1:25.823
19. Jaime Alguersuari, No Time
20. Lucas di Grassi, No Time
*10-spot grid penalty

Wickens undergoes successful surgery

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Just days after successfully piloting an Acura NSX around Toronto’s Exhibition Palace street course, Robert Wickens has undergone a successful surgery operation to remove hardware from his leg after a previous infection had returned, the 30-year-old Canadian revealed on social media Wednesday.

“Spinal Cord injury has such highs and lows,” Wickens said in an Instagram post prior to surgery. “One day I’m in the NSX driving the hand controlled car, and the next day I’m getting ready for surgery. Life is so unpredictable!”

Fortunately, the surgery went well for Wickens, as he later announced that his surgery had no complications. Wickens will now start six weeks of IV antibiotics before he returns to a full rehab program.

“One piece (there’s a lot) of the hardware had an infected screw,” Wickens wrote. “All hardware in my leg was removed.”

Wickens is currently recovering from spinal fracture sustained in an IndyCar crash at Pocono Raceway last August. Since his crash and diagnosis, Wickens has openly documented his recovery process through social media.

Wickens returned to the INDYCAR paddock for the first time since his accident at the season-opener in St. Petersburg in March, and his laps behind the wheel in Toronto last weekend marked the first time he had driven in public since his accident.

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