Buemi grabs Paris pole by narrowest of margins

Credit: Formula E

Sebastien Buemi became the first driver to get two pole positions in the 2016-17 Formula E season as he beat Jean-Eric Vergne by just six thousandths of a second.

The Swiss driver extended his gap at the top of the driver’s championship after setting the fastest time in both phases of qualifying.

Speaking afterwards he said he was relived to be on pole, “Last year was our worst qualifying position here, we had really no speed.

“We worked very hard to understand the situation and today I couldn’t not believe I had pole. It’s amazing, we already have a good part of the job done so we’ll see what we can do in the race.”

In another boost for his championship bid, his title rival will only line up in fourteenth as Lucas di Grassi failed to hook up a competitive lap.

Despite going out in the same group as Buemi he simply wasn’t as fast, and his team-mate Daniel Abt also struggled down in sixteenth.

Jose Maria Lopez was several tenths behind the front two in third place, and Oliver Turvey will join him on the second row.

Esteban Gutierrez couldn’t match his Techeetah team-mate Vergne, as a huge lock up in the super pole shootout caused him to go off down an escape road and abandon his lap.

Behind the top five were the Mahindra Racing cars of Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist.

Heidfeld left his lap late and missed out on the Super Pole Shootout by the narrowest of margins, but managed to just pip his team mate.

Robin Frijns put in a brilliant lap to grab eighth and put his MS Amlin Andretti team-mate in the shade, with Antonio Felix da Costa only able to go seventeenth fastest.

Similarly Mitch Evans managed to comfortably out qualify his Panasonic Jaguar Racing team-mate by going ninth fastest, with Adam Carroll lining up on the last row of the grid in nineteenth.

Nico Prost rounded off the top ten in qualifying as he continued to struggle to match the pace of his championship leading team-mate Buemi.

1Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams1:02.319
2Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah1:02.325
3Jose Maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing1:02.640
4Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO1:02.910
5Esteban GutierrezMEXTecheetah1:13.287
6Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing1:02.611
7Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing1:02.617
8Robin FrijnsNEDMS Amlin Andretti1:02.654
9Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing1:02.687
10Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams1:02.748
11Mike ConwayGBRFF Dragon Racing1:02.808
12Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO1:02.810
13Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing1:02.814
14Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Schaeffler Audi1:02.840
15Tom DillmanFRAVenturi1:03.024
16Daniel AbtGERAbt Schaeffler Audi1:03.071
17Antonio Felix da CostaPORMS Amlin Andretti1:03.268
18Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing1:03.573
19Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing1:03.771
20Stephane SarrazinFRAVenturi1:06.121