Buemi Storms to Second Pole at Long Beach

Qualifying at Long Beach concluded with a surprisingly quick lap from Sebastian Buemi to put him on pole position with the new fastest time of the weekend.

Group 1:

Jaime Alguersuari, Nick Heidfeld, Charles Pic, Scott Speed, Jean-Eric Vergne

Heidfeld held back to get clear track as the others tried to get up to speed early in the session. Vergne however only used 150 of his 200 KW in his first run, as a result he improved in his second lap to beat the fastest time from practice. With team mate Speed only 0.05 seconds behind it was close between the two Andretti Formula E cars for provisional pole. Both of them were 0.3 seconds faster than anyone else.

Group 2:

Sam Bird, Loic Duval, Nico Prost, Bruno Senna, Jarno Trulli

Like Vergne all the drivers did a banker lap in order to get the car up to speed before releasing all of the power. Bird was faster than Vergne in the first sector but couldn’t keep up the pace throughout the lap and went third. However, it was Prost who gained the most, he went top, being the first driver into the 56 seconds. Meanwhile Duval had issues with his car.

Group 3:

Antonio Felix da Costa, Salvador Duran, Lucas di Grassi, Nelson Piquet Jr., Stephane Sarrazin

Piquet and di Grassi had been fastest throughout practice and were hoping for quick times as the cars set their provisional lap. On their first quick run, they all struggled, however, 1 lap later and da Costa leaped up to fourth. Piquet went second, but could have gone fastest if he wasn’t held up by Sarrazin who was on his own quick lap. The session ended dramatically as di Grassi’s car was smoking after a jump battery caught fire.

Group 4:

Daniel Abt, Sebastian Buemi, Karun Chandhok, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Vitantonio Liuzzi

With Buemi in contention for pole, he was frustrated to find a yellow flag holding him up in the final sector after Liuzzi parked his car. The Italian pulled off to the side of Turn 7 after hitting the wall on the exit of Turn 5. After the restart, Abt proved his pace by going fastest only to be beaten immediately by Buemi.

So Buemi will be on pole for the second time this season infront of Abt, Prost, Piquet Jr. and di Grassi.

Long Beach Qualifying Times

19Sebastian BuemiSWIe.DAMS-Renault56.853s
266Daniel AbtGERAudi Sport ABT56.937s
38Nicholas ProstFRAe.DAMS-Renault56.944s
499Nelson Piquet JrBRZChina Racing56.974s
511Lucas di GrassiBRZAudi Sport ABT57.083s
627Jean-Eric VergneFRAAndretti Autosport57.106s
755Antonio Felix da CostaPORAmlin Aguri57.149s
828Scott SpeedUSAAndretti Autosport57.156s
97Jerome d'AmbrosioBELDragon Racing57.184s
1030Stephane SarrazinFRAVenturi57.261s
112Sam BirdGBRVirgin Racing57.304s
1221Bruno SennaBRZMahindra Racing57.347s
1310Jarno TrulliITATrulli57.417s
143Jaime AlguersuariESPVirgin Racing57.449s
1523Nick HeidfeldGERVenturi57.508s
1688Charles PicFRAChina Racing57.818s
176Loic DuvalFRADragon Racing57.905s
185Karun ChandhokINDMahindra Racing57.921s
1977Salvador DuranMEXAmlin Aguri57.950s
2018Vitantonio LiuzziITATrulli1m12.813s