Formula E

Vergne continues DS Techeetah supremacy with pole in round eight

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Jean-Eric Vergne ended Antonio Felix da Costa’s dominance at the Formula E finale in Berlin by taking pole for round eight of the championship.

The Frenchman had struggled in comparison to his DS Techeetah team-mate so far in Germany, but turned that around by setting the fastest time in the group section of qualifying and then going nearly half a second faster than anyone else in the Super Pole shootout.

Racing on the reverse layout of the track used for the first two rounds, Da Costa didn’t look to have the same pace advantage he had shown earlier this week, and will have to settle for starting on the fifth row of the grid.

Maximilian Gunther will line up in second in what will be his third front row start in Formula E, and it was a strong session for Mahindra Racing as both cars made the top six.

However while Jerome D’Ambrosio set a fast time to go third fastest, Alex Lynn took too much kerb at the hairpin and only managed fifth.

Stoffel Vandoorne did well to make the shootout from the first group but will also be disappointed with his final lap as he locked up going into turn six and complained of oversteer.

It was a similar story for Robin Frijns in sixth who overheated his rear tyres on his flying lap in Super Pole and lost time as he slid his way through several corners.

Andre Lotterer looks set to score points for his third race in a row as he just missed out on Super Pole and once again comfortably outpaced his TAG Heuer Porsche team-mate Neel Jani who is down in eighteenth.

Nyck de Vries also managed to qualify in front of championship leader Da Costa and starts in eighth, with Oliver Rowland in tenth.

It was a far better showing from rookie Sergio Sette Camara who finally looked to be getting on top of his GEOX Dragon car and put in the twelfth fastest time.

Daniel Abt too looked as if he was more comfortable in his NIO 333 car, and although he starts in twenty-second he out-qualified team-mate Oliver Turvey for the first time.

It was another atrocious session for Panasonic Jaguar Racing however.

The British team have failed to score a point in Berlin so far and will have another challenge on their hands to score in round eight as James Calado will only start in seventeenth and Mitch Evans title challenge continued to fall apart as he could only go nineteenth.

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