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Lynn takes pole on Formula E debut with di Grassi tenth – Qualifying Report

New York ePrix – Alex Lynn took pole position on his Formula E debut in New York with championship contender Lucas di Grassi just tenth.

Lynn set a 1:03.296 in the Super Pole shootout to go two tenths ahead of Daniel Abt, who was up on the DS Virgin driver until the final sector where he lost time.

Di Grassi was left only tenth when he was forced to slow down under the yellow flags being waved for Maro Engel, whose Venturi was slowing with a battery issue.

Jean-Eric Vergne was third ahead of Sam Bird who made a mistake at the two hairpins which cost him time.

Jerome D’Ambrosio put in an impressive effort to put himself into the Super Pole for Dragon, but his car did not go into qualifying mode during the shootout. As a result he locked up into Turn 6 and lost the lap so starts in fifth.

Mahindra suffered a difficult qualifying as Nick Heidfeld was unable to replicate the car’s pace from FP2 where they led 1-2. He just missed out on Super Pole in sixth, while Felix Rosenqvist went too deep into the Turn 1 hairpin. The Berlin winner will start just 17th.

The two NextEV drivers got into the top ten with Nelson Piquet Jr. leading team mate Oliver Turvey in seventh and eighth by just two hundredths of a second.

Adam Carroll out-qualified his Jaguar team mate Mitch Evans for only the third time this season in 13th and 14th respectively.

Antonio Felix da Costa had a scruffy lap in which he bumped the wall on the exit of the Turns 8/9 chicane which left him just 18th.

Formula E rookie Pierre Gasly was just 19th for Renault e.dams after hitting the wall and damaging his suspension.

Engel had not put in a 200kW lap before his Venturi his trouble so will start last.

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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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