Buemi grabs Beijing ePrix pole as Renault e.dams dominate quali

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

19Sebastien BuemiSWIRenault e.Dams1m37.488s1m37.297s
28Nicolas ProstFRARenault e.Dams1m38.206s1m37.581s
323Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra1m38.512s1m38.339s
411Lucas di GrassiBRZABT Schaeffler Audi Sport1m38.519s1m39.539s
525Jean-Eric VergneFRADS Virgin Racing1m38.028s2m21.284s
64Stephane SarrazinFRAVenturi1m38.645s
721Bruno SennaBRZMahindra1m38.761s
86Loic DuvalFRADragon Racing1m38.859s
92Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing1m38.884s
107Jerome d'AmbrosioBELDragon Racing1m39.058s
1166Daniel AbtGERABT Schaeffler Audi Sport1m39.220s
1212Jacques VilleneuveCANVenturi1m39.665s
1327Robin FrijnsNEDAndretti Autosport1m39.672s
1428Simona de SilvestroSWIAndretti Autosport1m39.681s
1588Oliver TurveyGBRNEXTEV TCR1m39.734s
1655Antonio Felix da CostaPORTeam Aguri1m40.295s
1777Nathanael BerthonFRATeam Aguri1m40.386s
181Nelson Piquet JrBRZNEXTEV TCR1m40.638s