Andre Lotterer slammed Formula E’s qualifying system after track evolution caused the group one participants to start towards the back.
The German was the second fastest of the group one qualifiers which included all of the top six drivers in the championship. Despite this Lotterer started 14th on the grid, which left the 37-year old far from impressed.
“Today wasn’t our day,” said Lotterer. “Being on top of your qualifying group to start in P14 it just not right with the system we have. We put a lot of resources into being at the top and being held back like this feels rather unfair as Group One mostly has a dirty track.
“I was moving up the pack and was looking rather good as I had more energy and speed than the cars around me. I was aiming at a P5 finish but then suffered a power deration due to high temperature, and we had to fall back to be able to finish the race.
“It very disappointing to be so close to scoring points as we had the potential to do something good today. We’re going to investigate it when we come home and recharge ourselves to come back stronger in Mexico.”
Jean-Eric Vergne was fastest of the group one qualifiers and started 12th. His race was ruined after Antonio Felix Da Costa hit him from behind which damaged the car causing his retirement.
“The team did a good job today, and despite being P1 in my qualifying group, I started P12 on the grid due to the track evolution during the qualifying session.
“I was preparing to go on the attack when I got hit from behind and then got pushed into a car in front of me. After that, something wasn’t right with the car, and we had to retire it early as it wasn’t possible to finish the race.
“Everyone is working so hard in the team, and yet again we were flying out there today, so it’s a shame not be able to finish in the points, but we’ll come back for more in Mexico,” said Vergne.