Buemi on Pole for Monaco ePrix

by Connor Jackson

Sebastien Buemi will start the Monaco ePrix from pole after setting a time almost 0.2 seconds faster than his nearest competitor. He will hope to be the first repeat winner of the season.

Group 1:

Sam Bird, Karun Chandhok, Lucas di Grassi, Jean-Eric Vergne, Nelson Piquet Jr.

All the drivers were straight onto track, with Vergne the quickest of the initial times. On their second run, it was Bird and then Piquet topping the time sheets, as di Grassi was unable to beat them. However; there was concern from Piquet after he felt di Grassi held him up. The Audi Sport Abt car then went on to set pole position, further angering his compatriot. Behind those two were, Bird, Vergne and Chandhok.

Group 2:

Nico Prost, Bruno Senna, Daniel Abt, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Stephane Sarrazin

After setting the fastest time in second practice, Senna was unable to improve and struggled in his session. Abt was the first to get up to pace, managing to go fifth, while Sarrazin leaped up to fourth continuing his practice pace. Prost couldn’t keep up his qualifying form as d’Ambrosio went second overall with Abt also improving. So d’Ambrosio was second, with Abt in fourth, Prost fifth, Senna sixth and Sarrazin seventh.

Group 3:

Charles Pic, Loic Duval, Scott Speed, Salvador Duran, Sebastien Buemi

Buemi and Speed were expected to be near the front, but the brake problems that the American had had earlier were not fully fixed. Speed did not set a competitive lap until the end of the session and still struggled in a poor qualifying for the Andretti Formula E team. With four minutes to go, Buemi managed the fastest sector one and two, putting him on provisional pole by 0.2 seconds over di Grassi. There would be improvements for Duval putting him up to fifth. Duran beat Speed and Pic in the session.

Group 4:

Jaime Alguersuari, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Antonio Felix d Costa, Nick Heidfeld, Jarno Trulli

Heidfeld and da Costa chose to stay in the pits at the start as the Trulli Formula E team battled amongst themselves. Alguersuari’s quick lap was hindered by a poor final sector and he would not be able to improve, seeing him struggle to eighth overall. The session was marked by da Costa spinning into the wall at Tabac bringing out the red flags and seeing him last on the grid.

This meant Buemi kept his pole position ahead of di Grassi, but Alguersuari, Duval and Chandhok will be demoted 10 places after changing their RESS system on the cars.

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