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Nyck de Vries qualifies on Pole for Diriyah

Nyck de Vries after the qualifying. Credit: Formula E

Nyck de Vries has secured the first pole position of the new 2021 Formula E season. The Mercedes driver distanced the competition in qualifying – as he had done in both practice sessions – and also clinched the first four points of the new championship by winning the group.

First qualifying group:

The first qualifying group featured the top 6 drivers from the previous Formula E season. Oliver Rowland did it best: The Briton in the Nissan set the fastest time in all three sectors and finished almost eight-tenths of a second ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne in second place. Lucas di Grassi (Audi) finished third ahead of the second Nissan of Sebastien Buemi. The two DS drivers, including reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa and Jean Eric-Vergne, lined up at the back, 1.3 and 1.4 seconds behind the leaders.

Second qualifying group:

In group 2 the track became faster as so did the drivers against their competitors in group 1. The fastest time was set by Nyck de Vries, as in both free practices. The Mercedes driver was almost four tenths of a second faster than Mitch Evans. Andre Lotterer (Porsche) set the third fastest time so far.

Third qualifying group:

In the third group, a number of drivers were able to make their mark: Edoardo Mortara in the Venturi sorted himself into second place. The Swiss finished just ahead of Porsche rookie Pascal Wehrlein, Rene Rast and Alex Lynn – a strong performance from the two Germans.

Fourth qualifying group:

The last group consisted mainly of Formula E rookies – but Nico Müller put the big exclamation mark on it: despite his accident in free practice, he qualified for the Super Pole in fifth place in his Dragon. Debutant Nick Cassidy also made it to the final shoot-out in his first Formula E qualification. Tom Blomqvist narrowly missed out on seventh place – a strong performance at the Nio. Norman Nato was 15. BMW rookie Jake Dennis 17th. Sergio Sette Camara made a heavy braking mistake and landed with the nose of his Dragon in the barrier.

Super-pole:

The first Super Pole began at 2:45 p. m., with Evans opening with a mediocre lap. After a strong first sector, he lost a lot of time towards the end of the lap, also because he hit the wall slightly sideways. Mahindra rider Lynn was initially slower than Evans but worked his magic in Sector 3 to take the lead. Then came Rast: With two “pink” sector times and a total advantage of almost half a second despite contact with the wall, the Audi driver took the provisional pole position. Pascal Wehrlein, however, was marginally faster once again and finished just ahead of Rast in his Porsche after his super pole lap. Venturi driver Venturi could not quite confirm his performance from the group stage and initially finished third. Now only Nyck de Vries could prevent Wehrlein from taking pole position and did it. With the fastest times in all three sectors, the Mercedes youngster secured the first pole position of his Formula E career.

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