Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne won Super Pole for the second race of the London E-Prix as Mercedes saw both cars in contention for pole position, only to be separated by Oliver Rowland and Alexander Lynn
Free practice 3 earlier in the day saw BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Jake Dennis continue his string of strong performances by claiming second place in the session, at the back of a victory on home soil in race 1. The team performed well in the previous sessions for the most part, and by performing well in qualifying, could gain valuable points for the championship.
As part of group qualifying, drivers set out in groups of six, in order of the championship standing, with those at the top going out first, at a disadvantage. As part of Q1, Sam Bird, Antonio Felix da Costa, Dennis, Nyck de Vries, Robin Frijns and Edoardo Mortara headed out into the track.
Drivers went for the flying laps towards the very end, leading to constant changes at the fastest lap times, with de Vries narrowly edging out Frijns and Dennis, who ended up in 2nd and 3rd for the time being.
With rain seemingly setting in quick, drivers headed out quickly for Q2, in a track that was disadvantageous, given the track conditions, especially in the final sector.
By Q2, it was a Mercedes 1-2 with Vandoorne setting the fastest overall lap-time, with Wehrlein, Frijns, and the Audi duo of Lucas di Grassi and Rene Rast rounding up the top 6 before Q3.
DS Techeetah did not have the best luck this session as both drivers were officially out of contention for Super Pole, leaving them in a dangerous situation for the race.
Q3 saw a predominantly British group, with the home advantage for half the group. The track started drying up, on the outside portion of the track, paving the way for intense competition in a competitive group.
The improving track conditions proved to be beneficial as Alexander Lynn of Mahindra Racing went into the provisional pole, ahead of Jaguar’s Mitch Evans by 2 thousandths of a second. Four of the six drivers from Q3 went into Super Pole contention, with the top six separated by less than 2 tenths of a second.
Q4 saw the slowest cars of the lot going out into the track, marking the last session of group qualifying. There were spots of rain coming up in Q4, but it did not seem to influence lap times in any notable manner.
The results of Q4 saw both Mercedes cars advancing to Super Pole, while Jaguar struggled as Bird qualified in 21st place.
Super Pole contention was between de Vries, Maximilian Guenther, Oliver Rowland, Vandoorne, Evans, and Lynn, with investigations being targeted at some of Super Pole contenders for slow cooldown laps.
De Vries was the first to go out on a rainy track, visibly struggling in the second and third sectors to put out the benchmark pole lap of 1:20:353, remaining there despite Guenther’s attempts. However, he was soon overthrown by Rowland.
In the end, Vandoorne claimed Super Pole with the investigations leading to a €1k fine for the drivers involved.
The top 6 of the Formula E London E-Prix qualifying:
|1||Stoffel Vandoorne||Mercedes EQ||1:20.181|
|2||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.dams||+0.041|
|3||Alexander Lynn||Mahindra Racing||+0.067|
|4||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes EQ||+0.172|
|5||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||+0.195|
|6||Maximilian Guenther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||+0.217|