Sam Bird secured his maiden FIA Formula E pole position around the streets of Buenos Aires, but championship leader Sebastien Buemi has it all to do in the race after a spin means he qualified eighteenth and last.
Bird took top spot in the five-car pole position shootout, with the DS Virgin Racing driver setting a time of 1m09.420s, which was 0.331s faster than Nicolas Prost of e.DAMS Renault.
Antonio Felix da Costa impressed to qualify on the second row of the grid for Team Aguri, a result made even more impressive when his team are one of only two teams still using season one technology.
Venturi duo Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway, the latter on his Formula E debut after replacing Jacques Villeneuve, were the final two drivers to make it through to the pole position shoot-out, with the Frenchman qualifying fourth after his final lap was less scruffy than his British team-mate.
Robin Frijns managed to avoid breaking down for the third consecutive session and wound up qualifying sixth for Andretti Autosport, just missing out on making it through to the pole shootout.
Audi Sport Abt drivers Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt will share row four, while reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr enjoyed his best qualifying performance of the season in ninth for NEXTEV TCR, just ahead of Punto del Este polesitter Jerome d’Ambrosio of Dragon Racing.
But the biggest talking point of the session came when Sebastien Buemi spun his e.DAMS machine during his hot lap, meaning the current championship leader will start last, behind even Bruno Senna and Salvador Duran, who both crashed out on their flying laps. Mahindra Racing’s Senna will line-up sixteenth, ahead of Team Aguri returnee Duran, with both drivers setting better 170kw laps than Buemi.
Jean-Eric Vergne took to the track for the first time on Saturday following his recovery from food poisoning, but could only set the fifteenth fastest time in his DS Virgin Racing entry.
Buenos Aires ePrix Qualifying Result
|1||2||Sam Bird||GBR||Virgin Racing Formula E Team||1m09.420s|
|2||8||Nicolas Prost||FRA||e.dams Renault Formula E Team||1m09.751s|
|3||55||Antonio Felix da Costa||POR||Amlin Aguri Formula E Team||1m09.761s|
|4||4||Stephane Sarrazin||FRA||Venturi Formula E Team||1m10.298s|
|5||12||Mike Conway||GBR||Venturi Formula E Team||1m12.391s|
|6||27||Robin Frijns||NED||Andretti Autosport Formula E Team||1m09.616s|
|7||11||Lucas di Grassi||BRZ||Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team||1m09.677s|
|8||66||Daniel Abt||GER||Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team||1m09.814s|
|9||1||Nelson Piquet Jr||BRZ||NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team||1m09.931s|
|10||7||Jerome D'Ambrosio||BEL||Dragon Racing Formula E Team||1m10.067s|
|11||88||Oliver Turvey||GBR||NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team||1m10.126s|
|12||6||Loic Duval||FRA||Dragon Racing Formula E Team||1m10.130s|
|13||23||Nick Heidfeld||GER||Mahindra Racing Formula E Team||1m10.321s|
|14||28||Simona de Silvestro||SWI||Andretti Autosport Formula E Team||1m10.446s|
|15||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||FRA||Virgin Racing Formula E Team||1m10.581s|
|16||21||Bruno Senna||BRZ||Mahindra Racing Formula E Team||1m11.306s|
|17||77||Salvador Duran||MEX||Team Aguri Formula E Team||1m13.256s|
|18||9||Sebastien Buemi||SWI||e.dams Renault Formula E Team||1m19.421s|