Wehrlein claims second Formula E pole position in Paris | Formula E

Pascal Wehrlein has taken pole at the Paris Eprix, after a close fight with Oliver Rowland in Super Pole, becoming the first Formula E driver to achieve two pole positions this season.

Qualifying in Paris was in dry, cool conditions, after mixed practice sessions earlier in the day. All drivers were able to compete in the sessions, despite both Envision Virgin cars having taken heavy damage in first practice, which prevented Sam Bird running in the second session.

Second practice had been topped by Mitch Evans but he was unable to replicate his performance in group qualifying with a lap a second back from the pace. He said that the lack of performance was a mystery, as the lap had felt as though it was considerably better.

Qualifying 1

Position Driver Team Time
1 Jerome D’Ambrosio Mahindra 1’00.669
2 Andre Lotterer TDS Techeetah 1’00.738
3 Lucas di Grassi Audi 1’00.761
4 Antonio Felix da Costa BMWi Andretti 1’00.952
5 Mitch Evans Jaguar 1’01.243

Robin Frijns set the fastest time in Group Two while team mate Bird and previous Paris winner Jean-Eric Vergne were unable to put together competitive laps, both several tenths off provisional Super Pole times.

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Qualifying 2

Position Driver Team Time
1 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin 1’00.583
2 Daniel Abt Audi 1’00.739
3 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 1’00.801
4 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah 1’00.866
5 Sam Bird Envision Virgin 1’00.928

Group Three proved the quickest of all, with three drivers immediately gaining control of the timesheet and comfortable Super Pole qualification. Oliver Rowland performed the best, with Pascal Wehrlein and Sebastien Buemi just behind him. Meanwhile Sims and Vandoorne struggled in increasingly windy conditions that seemed to be making some cars harder to control.

Qualifying 3

Position Driver Team Time
1 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.Dams 1’00.450
2 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra 1’00.549
3 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.Dams 1’00.574
4 Felipe Massa Venturi 1’00.709
5 Alexander Sims BMWi Andretti 1’01.037
6 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA AG 1’01.471

Group Four made no improvements on Group Three but Maximilian Guenther, returning again to Dragon but without the promise of finishing the season there, put together an exceptional lap to come seventh but just miss out on Super Pole, while teammate Lopez ruined his own lap with a spin.

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Qualifying 4

Position Driver Team Time
1 Maximilian Guenther GEOX Dragon 1’00.719
2 Tom Dillman NIO 1’00.784
3 Oliver Turvey NIO 1’00.876
4 Alex Lynn Jaguar 1’01.012
5 Gary Paffett HWA AG 1’01.135
6 Jose-Maria Lopez GEOX Dragon 1’07.494

Super Pole, as was often the case in previous seasons, saw the track deteriorate relative to group qualifying, with enough time for a dusting of heavy tree pollen to coat it after the group sessions. Times in the session were substantially slower than those in group sessions, with Massa and D’Ambrosio falling behind their own times by several tenths.

However, Pascal Wehrlein was able to – going out second-to-last – make a substantial gain to take provisional pole on a 1’00.383 to which Rowland couldn’t produce an answer.

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Super Pole

Position Driver Team Time
1 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra 1’00.383
2 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.Dams 1’00.535
3 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.Dams 1’00.768
4 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin 1’00.793
5 Felipe Massa Venturi 1’01.217
6 Jerome D’Ambrosio Mahindra 1’01.307

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