Formula E

Sarrazin takes first pole as rain delays championship contenders

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Frenchman Stephane Sarrazin took his first pole position of the season as he led the opening group of the four-part qualifying session that saw the best of the weather conditions at Battersea Park.

Light rain began to fall just prior to the qualifying session, with Venturi driver Sarrazin setting a best time of 1m23.901s, beating Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio by just 0.064s.

Loic Duval took third in the second Dragon Racing machine, setting the quickest time in the second part of qualifying, with Sam Bird joining him on the second row for Virgin Racing.

Bruno Senna will start fifth for Mahindra Racing alongside championship contender Sebastien Buemi of e.dams-Renault, with the Swiss driver getting a massive bonus as the groups containing Nelson Piquet Jr and Lucas di Grassi were affected by heavier rain and a far wetter track.

Audi Sport Abt driver di Grassi was the best of the runners to run in the final two groups, but his time of 1m32.570s was 8.669s back on Sarrazin’s pole time.

Even worse is NEXTEV TCR driver Piquet Jr, who will start a lowly sixteenth after running in the worst of the conditions, with the Brazilian championship leader also having to contend with a red flag when Sakon Yamamoto crashed his Amlin Aguri machine.

Just five points separate Piquet Jr and Buemi heading into the final race of the season, with di Grassi thirteen points back. The race promises to be a thriller, especially if the weather decides it wants to intervene once more.

Battersea Park Race 2 Qualifying Result

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