Formula E

Envision Virgin Racing’s Nick Cassidy takes maiden pole position in the Rome E-Prix

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Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing) won his first Julius Baer Pole Position today, on a rain-soaked track in the city of Rome, ahead of the second race of the weekend. Cassidy will be alongside another rookie in the race, ROKIT Venturi Racing‘s Norman Nato, who was 0.332 seconds slower than him.

The New Zealander earned himself three championship points with that pole position, gaining him five places in the driver’s championship, with a very good position to win more points in today’s race. Cassidy had also topped the timing sheets in the free practice session earlier.

The rain made the track slippery, with most (if not all) drivers struggling with over- and understeer. As the qualifying groups went on track, it dried out slowly, providing group four with the best opportunity to get into the Superpole shootout: four of the drivers of group four made it into the final showdown, including pole position driver Cassidy.

Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E) qualified second in the group stage. He should have been in Superpole, but his lap was deleted due to overuse of power, dropping him down in twenty-second place. The three-time Le Mans winner was issued a five-second penalty in the race for the first lap collision with Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E) yesterday. This serves to complicate what is already a difficult weekend for him and the Porsche team.

Yesterday’s victor Jean-Eric Vergne was another victim of the Formula E qualifying system: he qualified twenty-first, more than five seconds off the lead. His team-mate Antonio Felix Da Costa only qualified sixteenth in the group qualifying stage, which will mean the DS Techeetah‘s will have to fight through the field to gain points in the race.

Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing), the current driver’s championship leader, will start the race in twelfth position, alongside his team-mate Mitch Evans. Second and third place in the championship drivers Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E), were also victims of Formula E’s qualifying system, will start towards the back of the grid: eighteenth and seventeenth respectively.

Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) did not take part in the qualifying session due to a problem with his car.

Qualifying Result

171Norman NatoFRAROKIT Venturi Racing1:56.006
237Nick CassidyNZLEnvision Virgin Racing+0.854
328Maximilian GuntherGERBMW i Andretti Motorsport+2.268
429Alexander SimsGBRMahindra Racing+2.494
599Pascal WehrleinGERTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team+2.771
65Stoffel VandoorneBELMercedes-EQ Formula E Team+3.099
748Edoardo MortaraCHEROKIT Venturi Racing+3.491
822Oliver RowlandGBRNissan e.DAMS+3.506
96Nico MullerCHEDragon/Penske Autosport+3.624
1023Sebastien BuemiCHENissan e.DAMS+3.695
1110Sam BirdGBRJaguar Racing+3.733
1220Mitch EvansNZLJaguar Racing+4.122
1311Lucas di GrassiBRZAudi Sport Abt Schaeffler+4.144
1488Tom BlomqvistGBRNIO 333 FE Team+4.199
1513Antonio Felix da CostaPORDS Techeetah+4.551
1694Alex LynnGBRMahindra Racing+4.937
178Oliver TurveyGBRNIO 333 FE Team+5.191
1817Nyck de VriesNEDMercedes-EQ Formula E Team+5.223
194Robin FrijnsNEDEnvision Virgin Racing+6.032
2033Rene RastGERAudi Sport Abt Schaeffler+6.055
2125Jean-Eric VergneFRADS Techeetah+8.858
2236Andre LottererGERTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E TeamNo Time
237Sergio Sette CamaraBRZDragon/Penske AutosportNo Time
2427Jake DennisGBRBMW i Andretti MotorsportNo Time

Super Pole Result

137Nick CassidyNZLEnvision Virgin Racing1:52.011
271Norman NatoFRAROKIT Venturi Racing+0.332
399Pascal WehrleinGERTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team+0.619
45Stoffel VandoorneBELMercedes-EQ Formula E Team+2.348
528Maximilian GuntherGERBMW i Andretti Motorsport+2.690
629Alexander SimsGBRMahindra Racing+3.587
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