Jean-Eric Vergne will start Saturday’s Formula E race in Berlin from pole position, while DS Techeetah locks out the front row.
One of the most important qualifying sessions of the entire Formula E Season 7 took place on Saturday afternoon at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.
It all started with the group qualifying, which was set to form the top 6 for the Super Pole. The championship leaders were the first drivers to go out on track. The group 1 drivers had strategies split, which surely spiced things up. Antonio Felix da Costa was the quickest driver in group 1, followed by Jake Dennis and Sam Bird.
Group 2 was next on the track. DS Techeetah had impressive form as Jean-Eric Vergne went to the top of the standings by quite some margin.
Another group of title contenders left the pits to set a competitive lap time. Group 3 brought a lot of surprises as a lot of drivers failed to get to the top 3. Lucas di Grassi was the quickest, but his lap time was not good enough to catch Vergne.
Then it was the time for the final qualifying group. Norman Nato set the quickest lap time in the group and secure a Super Pole spot. However, Vergne remained on top. Mortara, da Costa, Buemi, and di Grassi were also in the top 6.
Di Grassi was the first driver to hit the track in Super Pole and he set the lap of 1:06.427. Buemi was next, but he did not manage to pass the Audi driver. Da Costa, however, went on to beat di Grassi’s lap time. Both Venturi drivers did not get close to the pole position, but group qualifying winner Vergne did take the pole position from his teammate. Da Costa was second, while so Grassi completed the top 3.
The top 6 of the Formula E Berlin E-Prix round 1 qualifying:
|1||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:06.227|
|2||Antonio Felix da Costa||DS Techeetah||+0.073|
|3||Lucas di Grassi||Audi||+0.200|
|6||Sebastien Buemi||Nissan e.dams||+0.784|