Qualifying for the Monaco E-Prix took place at noon on Saturday. Four groups drove the qualifying and the best drivers then drove in the Super Pole.
Robin Frijns had set the best time in Group 1 with 1:31.638. He was followed by Mitch Evans, Rene Rast, Stoffel Vandoorne, Sam Bird and Nyck de Vries. The latter had many problems and also touched the wall.
Nothing changed at the top of the standings after the second qualifying group. Robin Frijns retained his lead ahead of Mitch Evans. He was followed by Jean-Eric Vergne, Oliver Rowland, and Pascal Wehrlein, a Q2 trio.
Of the drivers in the third group, only Antonio Felix da Costa and Nick Cassidy made it into the top 6. The track conditions did not seem to improve. Many other drivers slipped out of the top 6, including Pascal Wehrlein, who actually had good ambitions for super pole in the Porsche.
Maximillian Günther qualified third for the Super Pole. He was the only driver in the last group to succeed. A few seconds after crossing the finish line, Sergio Sette Camara spun before the final corner and crashed into the barriers. He thus caused red flags. The Dragon driver thus remained without a lap time.
Race control then decided that Sebastien Buemi and Tom Blomqvist could take to the track again because they had no lap time. Neither driver was able to improve. Buemi finished 13th and Blomqvist 21st.
Robin Frijns thus retained the lead in qualifying.
Oliver Rowland was first in line. With a time of 1:31.547, he took the lead with a good time.
Then came Jean-Eric Vergne, who undercut Rowland’s time to take the lead with a 1:31.376. Then came the news that Rowland’s time had been canceled because he had left the pit lane at a red light.
Antonio Felix da Costa was then faster than the previous drivers. He undercut his Techeetah teammate’s lap time by 0.059 seconds.
Maximillian Günther did not get the best lap and drove 0.7 seconds slower than da Costa at the front.
Mitch Evans set the second-best time and was 0.051 seconds slower than da Costa.
The last driver Robin Frijns drove a good lap time and was only 0.012 seconds behind Antonio Felix da Costa at the end. The DS driver thus took pole position for this afternoon’s race.
|1||da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:31.317|
|5||Günther||BMW i Andretti||1:32.039|
|6||Rowland||Nissan e.dams||NO TIME in Super-Pole|