Formula E

Buemi takes pole in Monaco

Sebastien Buemi took his first Formula E pole position this season in Monaco. The championship leader will be joined by Lucas Di Grassi on the front row of the grid.

Buemi had the bad luck of being one of the five drivers drawn for the first qualifying group. Low grip on the circuit made life difficult for the drivers. Buemi managed to fastest lap of his group, but dropped down to third by the end of qualifying.

A clean superpole lap handed Buemi the pole position, his first since London last season.

Championship rival Di Grassi drew a spot in the third qualifying group, meaning he would have a little extra grip for his qualifying lap. The Brazilian still could better Buemi’s qualifying time, but made it into super pole.

Di Grassi grazed the wall in super pole, losing fractions of a second on his fastest lap, but managed to second fastest time of the session to put himself on the front row of the grid.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Maro Engel, and Nelson Piquet were the three other drivers to make it into the superpole shoot out. Vergne was the fastest man in normal qualifying, but could only manage fourth fastest, behind Piquet, but ahead of Engel, who hit the wall on his flying lap.

Buemi’s team mate Nico Prost will start the race from the opposite end of the grid. The Frenchman was the first man on track for the second qualifying group, but a scruffy opening sector put him ninth after the second group and 19th by the end of qualifying.

The only driver starting further back than Prost will be Jerome d’Ambrosio, who returned to the pits with a problem after his out lap.

Also suffering problems in group two was Adam Carroll. The Jaguar driver hit the wall hard on his flying lap, and qualified 18th overall.

The other two group two men, Esteban Gutierrez and Nick Heidfeld, set promising laps, and making it into the top five after half the grid had qualified, but both dropped backwards. Heidfeld will start the race seventh behind Jose Maria Lopez, and Gutierrez 13th. The extra rubber on track made things a little easier for group two, but many drivers still had problems.

Daniel Abt will start alongside Heidfeld in P8, with Sam Bird and Stephane Sarrazin completing the top 10.

Feature image credit: FIA Formula E Media

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