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Bird on pole by 0.037s to Rosenqvist – Qualifying Report

New York City ePrix – Saturday race winner Sam Bird took pole position for the Sunday race by 0.037s to Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist.

Jean-Eric Vergne was third fastest, ahead of stand-in Pierre Gasly who topped the group stages but locked up and ran wide at the Turn 1 hairpin on his Super Pole lap.

Nick Heidfeld had a scruffy Super Pole lap so was fifth for Mahindra.

Maro Engel just missed out on a Super Pole opportunity in sixth ahead of Oliver Turvey by just 0.004s.

Lucas di Grassi had another difficult qualifying as he clipped the wall on the exit of Turn 3 which put him in ninth behind team mate Daniel Abt.

Robin Frijns was 11th but has a ten-place grid penalty for a gearbox change after his crash at the high speed Turn 10 in practice.

Stephane Sarrazin struggled to match his Techeetah team mate after hitting the wall on the exit of Turn 5. He qualified in 12th.

Saturday’s polesitter Alex Lynn was just 17th after a poor lap in which he struggled with brake temperatures.

The Brit had limited running this morning after several changes were made to both his cars, including new brakes and a new battery in one, and a new driveshaft after it failed in his second car during the Saturday race.

Loic Duval could not get second gear in his Dragon and ran too deep into Turn 1 and was left just 19th as a result, ahead only of Jaguar’s Adam Carroll who slid his way through Turn 5 and hit the wall on the exit.

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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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