Early Saturday went smoothly for Team X44 as Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez have proved themselves to be the fastest qualifier in Q1, setting time 10:47.289 in the sands of Lac Rose.
The session’s show-stealer Chip Ganassi and ABT Cupra followed closely from behind, sitting on the 2nd and 3rd respectively. Both Kyle Leduc and Sara Price were pushing really hard to get the maximum result of their car after reportedly feeling positive for their performance during yesterday practice.
As expected, Mattias Ekström appeared flawless during his run. Extreme E reserve driver, as well as 2001 Paris-Dakar Rally winner who’s racing alongside Ekström Jutta Kleinschmidt, proves her skill remains as strong as ever, being able to drag the car finished on the third position. Unfortunately, the happiness didn’t last quite long after a Switch Zone infringement was found later, pushing the team into 4th. As result, Rosberg X Racing gained one position up.
Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky looked more confident compared to her in the last race, improving every single run together with his teammate Kevin Hanson setting their time in 5th. Meanwhile Jamie Chadwick got to enjoy her full qualifying session this time. Looking a bit struggling but relaxed, she tried to find the right amount of pace she could extract of her car.
Clearly things didn’t go as planned for Andretti United and Acciona Sainz. Laia Sanz had to end her session due to mechanical problems, she couldn’t seem to restart her car. While Timmy Hansen is on his run his car also stopped on track, but he managed to get it back on. It did cost several minutes for the team, meaning less chance to get in the semifinals.
|1||Sébastien Loeb/Cristina Gutiérrez||X44||2||10:47.289|
|2||Kyle LeDuc/Sara Price||Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing||2||10:51.528|
|3||Mattias Ekström/Jutta Kleinschmidt||ABT CUPRA XE||2||10:58.122|
|4||Johan Kristofferson/Molly Taylor||Rosberg X Racing||2||11:02.310|
|5||Kevin Hansen/Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky||JBXE||2||11:13.405|
|6||Stéphane Sarrazin/Jamie Chadwick||Veloce Racing||2||11:37.599|
|7||Oliver Bennett/Christine Giampaoli Zonca||XITE Energy Racing||2||11:52.806|
|8||Timmy Hansen/Catie Munnings||Andretti United Extreme E||2||14:39.665|
|9||Carlos Sainz/Laia Sanz||Acciona Sainz XE Team||1||DNF|