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Vandoorne grabs round 5 pole in Valencia

05 VANDOORNE Stoffel (BER), Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02, action during the ABB Formula E Championship official pre-season test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on November 28, 29 and December 1 in Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Ricardo Tormo circuit hosts Formula E’s pre-season testing but is now used for the official Valencia E-Prix. Drivers hinted this race may be the toughest on the calendar due to the challenging energy management. This is also the first time Formula E races in a permanent circuit and not a street track.

Qualifying Group 1 saw both Mercedes drivers (Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne), both Jaguars (Sam Bird and Mitch Evans), Robin Frijns, and Pascal Wehrlein.

Nyck de Vries enjoyed a clear lap unlike everyone else who was queued through the lap. However, it was not enough for him to set the fastest as his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne was quickest with a lap time of 1:26.839, with De Vries behind by +0.075s. Pascal Wehrlein was third fastest in the qualifying group by a gap of +0.169s to the leader, Frijns fourth by +0.478s, Evans fifth by +0.603s, and Bird sixth by +0.780s.

Group 2 saw Oliver Rowland going out first to do the installation lap before his flying lap. The rest of the pack went out minutes later but was able to decently space out between each car.

Antonio Félix da Costa set the fastest lap of the group with a time of 1:26.870, placing himself second in the overall qualifying standings by a gap of +0.031s to Stoffel Vandoorne, leaving de Vries third.

Group 3 saw Maximilian Guenther going out first quickly followed by the rest of the pack who was queued throughout the session.

Guenther was the fastest driver of the group, setting a lap of 1:26.868, only +0.029s behind of first overall place Stoffel Vandoorne. Sebastien Buemi set the second fastest of the group, fourth overall, with a lap of 1:26.876. Sergio Sette Camara placed 14th overall with a lap of 1:27.619, with the last three drivers taken the last three places, with Di Grassi 16th, Muller 17th by an interval of +0.010s, and Turvey 18th by an interval of +0.880s.

Group 4 saw Jake Dennis going out first quickly followed by Nick Cassidy. The rest of the pack (Lotterer, Blomqvist, Nato, and Lynn) were spread throughout the track.

Lynn set the fastest lap of the overall sessions placing first place with a time of 1:26.799, 0.040s quicker than Stoffel Vandoorne. Lotterer sits 7th overall with a time of 1:26.939, with Nat 8th overall by a gap of +0.180 to the leader. Cassidy set a lap for 11th overall, with a lap time of 1:27.072, +0.273s from the lead. Dennis sits 14th overall by +0.378s to the top place, with Blomqvist 20th by a gap of +0.682 to the leader.

Super Pole saw (in running order) Nyck de Vries, Sebastien Buemi, Antonio Felix da Costa, Maximilian Guenther, Stoffel Vandoorne and Alex Lynn.

Stoffel Vandoorne was the fastest driver who will start on Pole Position for round 5. His lap time was of 1:26.494, followed Da Costa by a gap of +0.028s. De Vries placed third with a lap time of 1:26.730, but he has a 5-place penalty so it will not be his starting position. Guenther, Lynn and Buemi complete the last three positions.

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