In qualifying group A, Stoffel Vandoorne set the fastest time. On his last attempt, the Belgian scored a 1.07.115. Robin Frijns also improved in his last run and drove clean for the second time, followed by Lucas di Grassi and Nick Cassidy. In Group B, Edoardo Mortara convincingly set the best time: the Swiss clocked the clock after 1.06.753. Nyck de Vries played a strong round and advanced to the knockout stages in second place. Antonio Felix da Costa and Andre Lotterer took third and fourth place.
Vandoorne and Lotterer met in the first quarterfinal. The Belgian made a mistake right on the first corner and lost three tenths. He was never able to make up for this deficit and so the leader in the world championship position retired prematurely. Then it was the turn of Frijns and Felix da Costa. The Dutchman didn’t have a flawless first combination of corners either, but then hit back badly. After an exciting fight, the Limburger was 0.014 seconds on the right side and was allowed to advance to the semi-finals. Then it was De Vries’ turn, who put in a strong lap and was never in danger in the duel with Di Grassi. Ultimately, Mortara defeated Cassidy convincingly and also qualified for the semi-finals with the best time.
The first semi-final was a fight between Lotterer and Frijns. The Dutchman struggled to get his tires in the right window yesterday but came out much stronger this time. In the first corners he built up a lead of more than two tenths, but a mistake in the middle sector made it exciting again. With a strong final sprint, Frijns finally secured his place in the final. Not much later, De Vries had to bow his head to the man in the form of Mortara. The Dutchman didn’t have a perfect round and could do little against the unleashed Swiss. However, De Vries was faster than Lotterer, which means he can take third place.
Mortara unapproachable in the final
Frijns hit the asphalt first in the final. The Envision driver started his flying lap a little sluggishly and fell back immediately. As the lap progressed, Mortara was no longer responsive, causing him to park his Venturi on pole position, just like on Saturday. Frijns will also start from the front row and has excellent prerequisites for a strong result in the race.