Rowland fastest, but Vergne starts on pole – Qualifying Report

Monaco E-Prix – Oliver Rowland set the fastest time in qualifying, but Jean-Eric Vergne will profit from the Englishman’s three-place grid penalty to start on pole in Monaco.

Nissan eDams’ Rowland managed to limit the damage of his three-place grid penalty by setting the fastest time in the Super Pole shootout, 0.021 of a second faster than Vergne.

The penalty for his collision at the previous race in Paris means that he will start the race from fourth on the grid, behind Jaguar’s Mitch Evans and Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein.

Evans, however, may be in trouble for a ‘breach in super pole procedure’. The exact details of the investigation are yet to be revealed.

Felipe Massa starts in fifth for Venturi’s home race, ahead of two-time Monaco ePrix winner Sebastien Buemi.

BMW’s Alexander Sims lines up seventh, ahead of the second Jaguar of Alex Lynn.

Those at the front of the championship were once again hampered by having to go out in the first qualifying group.

BMW’s Antonio Felix da Costa was the highest-placed group one member, finishing the qualifying hour in ninth ahead of Jose-Maria Lopez.

Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird could only qualify in 15th, with fellow championship contenders Jerome D’Ambrosio in 17th.

Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer had a disastrous qualifying session. After tagging the wall, he finished at the foot of the timing screens and faces a tough challenge to salvage a result from the race.

To view the full results of the qualifying hour, click here.

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