MONTREAL, Canada – Felix Rosenqvist swept to his third pole position of his rookie Formula E season on Sunday in Montreal as Lucas di Grassi tightened his stranglehold on the championship ahead of the final race.
Rosenqvist led Mahindra to pole position after edging out DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird by two-tenths of a second in the Super Pole shootout, picking up three bonus points in the process.
Rosenqvist now sits just one point shy of Bird in the race for P3 in the drivers’ championship, but it was the implications on the title fight that became the bigger point in qualifying.
After his victory on Saturday and Sebastien Buemi’s disqualification, Lucas di Grassi secured P5 on the grid, meaning he only needs a fifth-place finish to secure the championship regardless of his rival’s result.
An error on his flying lap resigned Buemi to P13 on the grid, with teammate Nicolas Prost dropping to the rear of the field due to a grid penalty.
The Formula E title decider kicks off at 4pm ET in Montreal.
“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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