Formula E

Di Grassi takes pole in Berlin

Lucas Di Grassi has secured his second pole of the season at the team’s home ePrix whilst Sebastien Buemi will start the race from 14th.

Di Grassi, out in the third qualifying group, only just scrapped into the Super Pole shoot out. He finished his group in third, but was knocked down to fifth by the end of the group sessions. Out first in the super pole, Di Grassi set a strong lap time of 1:08.312.

The time was just quick enough to secure pole position, with Jose Maria Lopez only a thousandth of a second slower than him in the super pole shoot out.

Mahindra locked out the front row of the grid. Felix Rosenqvist was fastest in the group qualifying, just 0.150 seconds faster than Sam Bird behind him. The pace didn’t continue into the Super Pole, and he could only manage third fastest, ahead of team mate Nick Heidfeld.

A scruffy lap for Sam Bird in the Super Pole cost him a shot at the front row of the grid. He will start the race second.

Jean-Eric Vergne narrowly missed out on the Super Pole shoot out. There was a technical problem for the Frenchman in the earlier free practice, prompting a motor change, but he managed to get out for qualifying. Vergne was the fastest Renault powered man on the track, with his team mate Stephane Sarrazin and the Renault e.dams drivers much further down the order.

After a difficult free practice, Buemi struggled in qualifying. He didn’t complete a warm up lap, going straight to 200kW, and could only manage 14th fastest. Team mate Nico Prost will start from ninth, just behind his Audi Sport ABT counterpart, Daniel Abt.

Feature image credit: FIA Formula E Media

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