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Rosenqvist continues impressive form to grab pole

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Felix Rosenqvist proved that he was the class of the field again by taking pole position for the second race in Berlin.

Having driven superbly to win yesterday’s race the Mahindra Racing driver once again looked in control as he beat Sebastien Buemi by just under a tenth.

Speaking afterwards he said, “I saw the lap was half a second slower than free practice, so I thought I would maybe be P3 or P4, but yeah unbelievable. To improve from yesterday and get the three points for pole is just unbelievable.”

At one stage it looked as if Rosenqvist might miss out on the super pole shootout, as the track improved towards the end of the session.

He sneaked in with the fifth fastest time though, and then set another blistering lap ahead of Buemi, and the DS Virgin Racings of Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird.

It was disappointment though for the other Mahindra car as Nick Heidfeld suffered from a technical issue that meant he was unable to set a full power lap.

Despite just missing out, Buemi will be pleased to be towards the front of the grid, especially after his best effort yesterday saw him start in a lowly fourteenth.

His Renault e.dams looks far more suited to the Tempelhof track today however, and he should be a real threat for the race win.

Both Lopez and Bird will be disappointed to have not been closer to Rosenqvist as they lost some pace between the first phase of qualifying and the super pole shootout, and Jean-Eric Vergne was left to rue a mistake in the first sector that ruined any hopes he had of being at the front.

Behind them Oliver Turvey put in a great lap to just miss out on the super pole in sixth, with the Abt Schaeffler Audis of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt behind him.

Mitch Evans showed encouraging pace in his Panasonic Jaguar Racing to get ninth place, and Nico Prost once again proved to be way off the pace of his Renault team-mate as he could only manage tenth.

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