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Vergne spins across the line to claim pole in Hong Kong – Qualifying Report

Hong Kong ePrix – Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne claimed his fifth Formula E pole position despite spinning at the final corner on his super pole lap.

Vergne was third in the group stages, and set a 1:03.568 in super pole but spun his car at the final corner, crossing the timing line, but his third sector was fast enough to still put him top.

DS Virgin’s Sam Bird missed out on pole by 0.027s in second, with Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld a further 0.002s back. Daniel Abt was fourth.

Felix Rosenqvist locked up his front brakes and went wide at Turn 1 on his super pole lap, finishing fifth fastest.

Reigning champion Lucas di Grassi narrowly missed super pole in sixth, ahead of NIO’s Oliver Turvey. Antonio Felix da Costa was eighth for MS&AD Amlin Andretti.

2015/16 champion Sebastien Buemi was ninth for Renault e.dams. He qualified in the first group, which has been considered a disadvantage but the Swiss driver admitted he did not take enough risks on his lap. Nelson Piquet Jr. completed the top ten for Jaguar.

His team mate Mitch Evans was looking set for pole contention after topping FP2, but a miscalculation by the team meant he did not start his 200kW lap before the chequered flag came out, putting him in last.

Kamui Kobayashi was 13th in his first Formula E qualifying, despite tapping the tyre barrier with his left-rear wheel on the exit of the Turns 3/4 chicane.

Neel Jani qualified in 17th but takes a 10-place grid penalty for a battery change between FP1 and FP2 after he hit the wall.

Alex Lynn locked his rear brakes into Turn 2 and went wide, which put him in 16th. The error put Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara on his tail, but the Swiss driver then crashed on the exit of Turn 5.

Nico Prost brought out the red flag after he too crashed at Turn 5, qualifying 18th on the grid.

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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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