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Formula EQualifying report

Evans claims maiden Formula E pole for Jaguar, Vergne 17th

Zurich E-Prix – Mitch Evans claimed his and Jaguar Racing’s maiden Formula E pole position in Zurich, while series leader Jean-Eric Vergne was 17th.

Evans topped the group qualifying session by over a quarter of a second, and produced a 1:12.811 in super pole to beat Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer, who put in his best qualifying effort of his rookie season, by 0.137 seconds. He takes three championship points for claiming pole.

Championship leader Vergne described his qualifying lap as a “nightmare” as he struggled for pace and was almost three quarters of a second away from team-mate Lotterer in group qualifying. He will start 17th on the grid.

Vergne is also under investigation for breaching Article 33.3, the same offence that Daniel Abt was investigated for after taking pole in Berlin, regarding qualifying conduct.

His title rival Sam Bird was third for DS Virgin Racing, 0.211 seconds off Evans’ time, ahead of the two Dragons of Jerome D’Ambrosio and Jose Maria Lopez.

Lopez will start in eighth as he takes a 3-place grid penalty for failing to slow sufficiently under yellow flag conditions in first practice, promoting Lucas di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost.

Berlin winner Abt and Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist complete the top ten.

Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet Jr. was 11th, ahead of Alex Lynn and Nick Heidfeld.

Antonio Felix da Costa out-qualified his Andretti team-mate Stephane Sarrazin in 15th and 16th respectively.

Maro Engel struggled on his lap and ended up 18th with his Venturi team-mate Edoardo Mortara in 14th.

NIO lock out the back row of the grid, with Oliver Turvey’s run of consecutive top ten qualifying performances coming to an end after hitting the wall at Turn 2.

Click here to see the full qualifying results.

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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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