Buemi rises above to take Buenos Aires ePrix pole

by Tom Errington

e.dams-Renault’s Sébastien Buemi had to play the waiting game in the qualifying session for the Buenos Aires ePrix after storming to the top with a lap of 1min 09.134secs in the first of the four groups before hanging on to take pole ahead of the race.

He was relatively unchallenged in his own group, with Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird proving closest with a time of 1min 09.388secs enough to secure him second in the group, fourth at the session’s end.

Buemi had highlighted Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi as one of the biggest threats in the next three groups and the group two driver looked set to challenge from the off. On his first fast lap the Brazilian charged into third,  with a lap of 1min 09. 521secs, but his second fast lap saw him lose control at turn four and he hit the wall ending his challenge and giving him a final place of fifth.

The third group had their chance to challenge Buemi and Venturi GP’s Nick Heidfeld proved to be the best challenger yet as he took a final finish of third with a time of 1min 09.367secs.

Group four had the expected challenge of Andretti Formula E Team’s Jean-Éric Vergne, but the Frenchman’s messy second fast lap saw him take just sixth at the final flag with a time of 1min 09.521secs.

It meant Buemi topped all three sessions so far today with the Swiss driver proving irresistible ahead of the Buenos Aires ePrix by finishing just 0.027secs ahead of Virgin’s Jaime Alguersuari and his time of 1min 09.161secs.

Third saw Heidfeld ahead of Bird and Di Grassi and Vergne. However, seventh saw Nico Prost someway behind his team-mate Buemi, with the Frenchman seemingly continuing to struggle with his brakes.

Eighth saw Amlin Aguri continue their resurgence as Antonio Felix da Costa’s time of  1min 09.658secs hold off the challenge of China Racing’s Nelson Piquet Jr and his time of 1min 09.742secs, before Mahindra Racing’s Karun Chandhok rounded off the top ten as he lapped a 1min 09.875secs time.

Turn four proved challenging to the grid, none more so than to the Trulli GP duo of Jarno Trulli and Michela Cerutti, with both damaging their cars heavily ahead of the race, with the pair having three hours to repair for the race start.

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