Lucas di Grassi enjoyed a huge momentum swing in the Formula E championship race by scoring his second pole position in the electric series, cutting Sebastien Buemi’s points lead down to just seven ahead of today’s race.
Sweetening the deal for di Grassi is the fact that Buemi will start the race 12th after confirming he requires a new battery on his car following his practice smash, triggering a 10-place grid drop.
Buemi finished two-tenths of a second adrift of di Grassi in the final Super Pole shootout, the Brazilian having also led the opening heats.
Stephane Sarrazin led Techeetah’s charge in qualifying, finishing third in Super Pole ahead of Nicolas Prost and Felix Rosenqvist. All three will gain a position by virtue of Buemi’s grid drop.
Jean-Eric Vergne was unable to add to his impressive haul of Super Pole appearances in qualifying, finishing sixth for Techeetah ahead of the Jaguar pair of Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll, the British marque claiming its best qualifying result to date.
Oliver Turvey finished ninth for NextEV ahead of Venturi’s Tom Dillmann, while Loic Duval and Daniel Abt were 11th and 12th. Robin Frijns led MS Amlin Andretti’s charge in 13th ahead of teammate Antonio Felix da Costa in P15, the pair split by Nick Heidfeld after a scruffy Q4 lap.
Jose Maria Lopez will start his first race back since Berlin from 16th on the grid ahead of Maro Engel and Sam Bird, both of whom were unable to use the full 200kW of power on their push laps. Nelson Piquet Jr. was 19th for NextEV ahead of Jerome d’Ambrosio, who mistimed his lap, missing the chequered flag.