Alex Lynn delivered one of the shocks of the FIA Formula E season so far by claiming pole position for his very first race in New York City on Saturday afternoon.
After spending much of season three as DS Virgin Racing’s reserve driver, Lynn was given a call-up for New York due to Jose Maria Lopez’s clashing commitments at the Nürburgring, with Saturday’s practice being his first official outing in a Formula E session.
Lynn made it through to Super Pole with the fourth-fastest time, but was able to dig deep in the final shootout and turn in a best lap of 1:03.296.
The time proved good enough for pole, with Daniel Abt being his closest challenger for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, two-tenths of a second further back.
Jean-Eric Vergne qualified third for Techeetah, while Sam Bird was fourth in the second DS Virgin car, capping off a good qualifying session for the team.
Jerome d’Ambrosio gave Faraday Future Dragon Racing a rare glimmer through a tough season by making it through to Super Pole, finishing second-fastest, but
Nick Heidfeld led Mahindra’s charge through qualifying, but was unable to make it through to the Super Pole stage, finishing sixth ahead of the NextEV NIO pair of Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey. Nicolas Prost could only take ninth for Renault e.dams, while rookie teammate Pierre Gasly qualified P19 for his first Formula E race.
Lucas di Grassi’s hopes of carving into Sebastien Buemi’s points lead took a hit in qualifying as he could only finishing 10th, six-tenths of a second off Bird’s headline lap time from the opening stages.
Stephane Sarrazin and Loic Duval were unable to match the results of their Super Pole-bound teammates, qualifying 11th and 12th respectively. Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans locked out the seventh row of the grid for Jaguar Racing, ahead of Tom Dillmann and Robin Frijns.
Felix Rosenqvist was a surprise name at the lower-end of the timesheets as a mistake on a hot lap when up on the fastest time cost him many places, leaving him 17th overall. Antonio Felix da Costa followed in P18 ahead of Gasly, while an on-track stoppage left Maro Engel propping up the order after failing to set a time.
The New York ePrix kicks off at 4pm local time (9pm BST).