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Buemi claims first pole of the season in Monaco – Qualifying Report

Monaco ePrix – Sebastien Buemi has claimed his first pole position of the season, and is the fifth different polesitter in five races.

The championship leader was third fastest in the group stages, but with a clean lap in the Super Pole shootout took pole by over two tenths of a second.

Lucas di Grassi was second, with a strong lap before he brushed the wall on the exit of the final corner. Nelson Piquet Jr made a similar error on the exit of the swimming pool complex. He was third fastest.

Jean-Eric Vergne was top in the group stages, but he also made an error on his Super Pole at Turn 3, leaving him only fourth.

Maro Engel surprised with his top five appearance, putting his Venturi into the Super Pole shootout for Venturi’s home race. With little to lose, he threw caution to the wind and made significant contact with the wall on the exit of the swimming pool chicane, writing off his lap.[

Felix Rosenqvist was the last car to cross the line in the group stages. Even so, he narrowly missed out on the Super Pole by half a tenth in sixth ahead of Jose Maria Lopez.

Nick Heidfeld was eighth having gone out in the second group, with the later groups usually having more track grip. Daniel Abt was ninth with Sam Bird completing the top ten.

Oliver Turvey struggled in only 16th place. He had minimal running in FP2 after his collision with Felix Rosenqvist in the opening practice session.

Nico Prost had a nightmare qualifying that sees him starting on the back row of the grid. A mistake at Turn 1 ended his lap before it barely started. He will line up on the grid ahead only of Jerome D’Ambrosio who did not put in a 200kW lap after a problem on his Dragon Racing car saw him pull into the pits after his warm-up lap.

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