Rosenqvist thought he had race under control

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Felix Rosenqvist says he believed he was in control of the race before Sam Bird re passed him for the lead of the New York ePrix.

The Swedish driver took the lead of the race going into the first corner, and then held Bird behind him for the opening laps.

From there he had hoped to control the pace and win his second race of the season, only for the DS Virgin Racing driver to pass him towards the end of the first stint.

He remained optimistic about his pace though, and going into the final double header in Montreal he is one of only three drivers capable of winning the driver’s championship.

After the race Rosenqvist said, “It was feeling pretty good in the beginning and I had a very good start off the line.

“I thought we had the race under control with Sam. It was great we challenged him for the lead, and though he got past me again at the end of the first stint we were able to show that our car is capable of winning races.

“It’s a great position to be in for the final two rounds of the season and I can’t wait to get back in the car in Montreal.”

His Mahindra Racing team-mate Nick Heidfeld also had an encouraging race, finishing behind Rosenqvist in third.

He did admit however to taking it easy towards the end of the race to avoid a similar suspension failure to the one that took him out of the first race on Saturday.

“It was a good race and quite exciting, to finish with another double podium is fantastic,” Heidfeld commented. “I managed to gain a position from the start and was also pushed a bit from the back.

“Luckily the car stayed in one piece! After that I had very good pace, better than the cars in front but I tried to play it safe especially after what happened yesterday. It was important not to risk anything.”

Driver’s Championship

1Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams157
2Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Schaeffler Audi147
3Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing104
4Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing100
5Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams84
6Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing78
7Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah74
8Jose Maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing50
9Daniel AbtGERAbt Schaeffler Audi47
10Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO33
11Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO26
12Robin FrijnsNEDMS Amlin Andretti20
13Loic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing19
14Pierre GaslyFRARenault e.dams18
15Stephane SarrazinGERTecheetah17
16Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing16
17Maro EngelGERVenturi16
18Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing11
19Antonio Felix da CostaPORMS Amlin Andretti10
20Tom DillmanFRAVenturi10
21Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing5

Team’s Championship

1Renault e.damsFRA259
2Abt Schaeffler AudiGER194
3Mahindra RacingIND182
4DS Virgin RacingGBR153
7MS Amlin AndrettiUSA30
8FF Dragon RacingUSA30
10Panasonic Jaguar RacingGBR21