Buemi takes pole by 0.006s from Vergne – Qualifying Report

Paris ePrix – Sebastien Buemi took pole position by just 0.006s from Jean-Eric Vergne in a close Super Pole battle.

Buemi topped the group .Sp5rl!47rs by a tenth to Vergne, despite the championship leader going out in the first group which is supposedly the worst one to be in for track conditions.

Vergne had provisional pole as he went on track in Super Pole before Buemi, but the Swiss driver’s first sector was so strong that even though he lost time during the lap, he was able to snatch pole with a 1:02.319.

Jose Maris Lopez was third ahead of Oliver Turvey, who continued his streak of Super Pole appearances this season but has a 10-place grid penalty for a change of E-motor, so starts 14th.

Esteban Gutierrez made his first Super Pole appearance in only his third Formula E race. He was forced to settle for fifth however, as he locked up into Turn 8 and had to abandon the lap by going down the escape road.

Nick Heidfeld missed out on Super Pole contention by just 0.014s, despite being the last driver to cross the line. Team mate Felix Rosenqvist had the misfortune of being in the first group, so was seventh.

Robin Frijns used being in the final session to his advantage, putting in one of the strongest middle sectors of qualifying to go eighth. Equally impressive was Mitch Evans who put his Jaguar inside the top ten ahead of Nico Prost.

Mike Conway, standing in for Loic Duval in Paris, was 11th and ahead of team mate Jerome D’Ambrosio who was 13th, split by Nelson Piquet Jr.

It was a disastrous session for the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team. Both their drivers went out in the first group, but were hit hardest by it as Lucas di Grassi finished the session just 14th fastest and Daniel Abt 16th.

The other replacement driver for this weekend Tom Dillmann, in for Maro Engel at Venturi, was 15th.

Antonio Felix da Costa was left confused when he only qualified 17th ahead of Sam Bird, who also went out in the first group and described it as one of the worst qualifying sessions of his career.

Adam Carroll was 19th and Stephane Sarrazin rounds out the grid after stopping on track during his 200kW lap.

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Chris Stevens

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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