Championship leader Vergne on pole for home race – Qualifying Report

Paris E-Prix – Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne stuck his Techeetah on pole for his home race ahead of title rival Sam Bird.

Vergne was quickest in the group stages, despite being in the lesser favoured group one session, and set a 1:01.144 in super pole to go 0.277 seconds clear of his nearest championship rival Sam Bird.

Securing pole gives Vergne a 21-point advantage over the DS Virgin Racing driver in the standings.

Andre Lotterer made it two Techeetah cars in super pole and was third fastest, ahead of surprise contenders Venturi’s Maro Engel and Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa, who had their group qualifying sessions later than the leaders.

Reigning champion Lucas di Grassi missed contention for super pole by 0.005 seconds and starts sixth, ahead of Dragon’s Jerome D’Ambrosio and 2015/16 champion Sebastien Buemi.

Oliver Turvey and Jose Maria Lopez completed the top ten, with Lopez putting two Dragon cars in the top ten.

Title contender Felix Rosenqvist was just 11th ahead of his Mahindra team mate Nick Heidfeld after a difficult session.

Mitch Evans was 14th for Jaguar but takes a grid penalty for a gearbox change, and will also take a time penalty in the race as he cannot serve the full grid penalty. Team mate Nelson Piquet Jr. did not take part in the session after crashing both his cars during free practice.

Daniel Abt struggled in 15th ahead of Alex Lynn. Tom Blomqvist was 17th after a scruffy lap, with Edoardo Mortara suffering a similar fate just behind. Ma Qing Hua was the slowest of the runners in 19th.

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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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