Sebastien Buemi secured the first pole position of the FIA Formula E as he set the pace in the first ever Super Pole session in Beijing on Saturday.
The Swiss driver continued the Renault e.dams teams domination of the weekend in China as he beat French team-mate Nicolas Prost by 0.284s, with the team becoming the first ever team to lock out the front row of a Formula E grid.
Nick Heidfeld qualified third for the Mahindra Racing team, but was more than one second behind Buemi in the Super Pole session that saw the top five drivers across the four qualifying sessions set one final quick lap to set the front of the grid.
Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne completed the Super Pole line-up, but both drivers made mistakes on their lap, with Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport’s di Grassi fourth on the grid ahead of DS Virgin Racing’s Vergne.
Stephane Sarrazin missed out on the Super Pole session by just over a tenth of a second but will start sixth for Venturi Racing, while Bruno Senna of Mahindra and Loic Duval of Dragon Racing will start on row four.
Sam Bird of DS Virgin Racing and Jerome d’Ambrosio of Dragon Racing completed the top ten.
Reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr continued his woeful weekend by qualifying eighteenth and last on the grid in his NEXTEV TCR entry, after appearing to be fighting his car all session long. He was already on the backfoot heading into the session after crashing during morning practice.
Beijing ePrix Qualifying Result
|1||9||Sebastien Buemi||SWI||Renault e.Dams||1m37.488s||1m37.297s|
|2||8||Nicolas Prost||FRA||Renault e.Dams||1m38.206s||1m37.581s|
|4||11||Lucas di Grassi||BRZ||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||1m38.519s||1m39.539s|
|5||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||FRA||DS Virgin Racing||1m38.028s||2m21.284s|
|8||6||Loic Duval||FRA||Dragon Racing||1m38.859s|
|9||2||Sam Bird||GBR||DS Virgin Racing||1m38.884s|
|10||7||Jerome d'Ambrosio||BEL||Dragon Racing||1m39.058s|
|11||66||Daniel Abt||GER||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||1m39.220s|
|13||27||Robin Frijns||NED||Andretti Autosport||1m39.672s|
|14||28||Simona de Silvestro||SWI||Andretti Autosport||1m39.681s|
|15||88||Oliver Turvey||GBR||NEXTEV TCR||1m39.734s|
|16||55||Antonio Felix da Costa||POR||Team Aguri||1m40.295s|
|17||77||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Team Aguri||1m40.386s|
|18||1||Nelson Piquet Jr||BRZ||NEXTEV TCR||1m40.638s|