Lynn takes pole position for London E-Prix round 1

Alex Lynn (GBR), Mahindra Racing, M7Electro. Courtesy of Formula E.

Great Britain’s Alex Lynn has secured pole position for Saturday’s race at his Formula E home race in London. The Mahindra driver beat BMW driver Jake Dennis and Sebastien Buemi by a surprisingly clear margin.

In group 1, Edoardo Mortara coped best with wet conditions. The Venturi driver narrowly beat Antonio Felix da Costa. World championship leader Sam Bird was still on course for best time after two-thirds of the lap but lost time in sector 3 and ultimately only finished third. The two Virgin drivers Nick Cassidy and Robin Frijns lined up behind Bird. Jean-Eric Vergne lost almost a second to Mortara and finished last in his group.

In the second sextet, all the drivers except Oliver Rowland were faster than group 1 – the Briton therefore only sorted himself into tenth place. Lucas di Grassi set the fastest lap so far. The Audi driver was more than six tenths of a second faster than Mortara in group 1 and minimally faster than Nyck de Vries in the Mercedes, who finished second. Mitch Evans, Pascal Wehrlein, and Rene Rast lined up in positions 3, 4, and 5 respectively.

In group 3, Maximilian Guenther was initially on the verge of setting the best time but then took too much risk. He lost his rhythm in turn 15 and hit the wall with the left front tire. His damaged BMW rolled out in the runoff zone of the hairpin, and race control immediately had red flags waved to tow the car away.

All the other drivers from group 3 were given a second chance. The fastest of them was Andre Lotterer. The Porsche driver took the lead and was later to take the overall win. The Mahindra driver Alex Lynn lined up just behind him in 2nd place with Jake Dennis following in third. Alexander Sims made it to fifth behind di Grassi. Stoffel Vandoorne in the Mercedes disappointed under the eyes of Toto Wolff in tenth place.

In the final group, the drivers again benefited from the drying track. Sebastien Buemi did best in fourth, and Sergio Sette Camara in the Dragon again made a statement in fifth. Norman Nato settled for sixth and thus pushed di Grassi out of Super Pole. Joel Eriksson qualified tenth, Tom Blomqvist 15th, and his NIO teammate Oliver Turvey disappointed with 19th on the grid in his first home race since 2016.

Norman Nato opened the shootout for pole position with a mediocre lap. Sergio Sette Camara was already faster in the first two sectors and took one and a half tenths of a second off the Venturi driver in the end. Sebastien Buemi set best times at the final two sectors after a weak first section and took provisional pole from Sette Camara.

Jake Dennis was fastest in sectors 1 and 2 up to that point and beat Buemi by a razor-thin margin. Alex Lynn, for his part, was on a much higher level and undercut Dennis’ time by three tenths of a second. Then it was just Andre Lotterer. The German lost two tenths of a second in the first sector and also dropped time in sector 2. In the end, Lotterer was only fifth – pole position for Lynn at his home race.

The top 6 of the Formula E London E-Prix round 1 qualifying:

1Alex LynnMahindra Racing1:23.245
2Jake DennisBMW i Andretti+0.299
3Sebastian BuemiNissan e.dams+0.382
4Sette CamaraDragon Penske Autosport+0.513
5Andre LottererPorsche+0.618
6Norman NatoROKiT Venturi Racing+0.667
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