Buemi takes back-to-back New York poles – Qualifying Report

New York City E-Prix – Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi took a second pole position of the New York double header Formula E finale.

Buemi did a lap time of 1:17.973 to go 0.040 seconds faster than the Techeetah of Andre Lotterer. The German pipped his team-mate newly crowned Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne by 0.018 seconds after Vergne lost time in the final sector.

Daniel Abt is the lead Audi in fourth ahead of team-mate Lucas di Grassi who crashed at Turn 2 on his super pole lap. The gap between Techeetah and Audi in the team’s standings remains at five points in the former’s favour ahead of the final race.

Mitch Evans missed out on super pole by 0.009 seconds after hitting the wall on the exit of Turn 1 and bending his steering. He was still able to out-qualify his Jaguar team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr by 0.124 seconds in seventh.

Sam Bird was eighth quickest ahead of Felix Rosenqvist, with Stephane Sarrazin putting his Andretti inside the top ten.

Jose Maria Lopez beat his Dragon team-mate Jerome D’Ambrosio by 0.010 seconds to 11th on the grid.

After his impressive fourth-place finish in Saturday’s race Tom Dillmann qualified 14th after running deep into the first corner.

Alex Lynn was 18th but takes a 10-place grid penalty for a gearbox change after his heavy crash in Saturday’s race. As he cannot serve the full penalty, he will also take a time penalty in the race.

Ma Qing Hua, standing in for the injury Oliver Turvey, hit his right-rear wheel against the barrier at the final corner as he opened up his lap, meaning he did his full power lap with suspension damage.

Antonio Felix da Costa had no drive in his Andretti and could not get out of the garage to participate in qualifying.

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Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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