Bird continues strong New York form with pole


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Sam Bird continued his strong form in New York by grabbing pole for the second race.

Having stormed to victory yesterday, the DS Virgin Racing driver was again in good form around the US street circuit and edged Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist by half a tenth.

Jean-Eric Vergne continued his good pace from yesterday by finishing third, with Pierre Gasly showing that he was getting to grips with his new machinery by qualifying fourth.

The Frenchman had a dreadful start to his Formula E career by only managing nineteenth on the grid yesterday, but turned it around today to make it to the super pole shootout.

And Nick Heidfeld made it two Mahindra cars in the top five, with the team hoping to bounce back from their double DNF from yesterday.

Elsewhere Maro Engel narrowly missed out on the shootout and will line up in sixth, ahead of the NextEV TIO of Oliver Turvey.

Daniel Abt once again out qualified his team-mate Lucas di Grassi, but the Brazilian will be hoping he can make progress through the field from ninth in an attempt to make the most of Sebastien Buemi’s absence this weekend.

Further down the grid it was disappointment for Bird’s team mate Alex Lynn, who was unable to show the speed that he managed to get pole for yesterday’s race.

The Brit had a far tougher time of it today and will line up seventeenth on the grid.