Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist follows win with Sunday pole

Felix Rosenqvist claimed pole position for the second part of Formula E’s Berlin double-header as he looks to make it a brace of Tempelhof victories this weekend.

Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist follows win with Sunday pole
 Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, leads Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, and Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, across the line to win the race
 Jose Maria Lopez, DS Virgin Racing
 Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team
 Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Dragon Racing
 Loic Duval, Dragon Racing
Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
 Sébastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams
 Adam Carroll, Jaguar Racing

The Mahindra driver defeated championship leader Sebastien Buemi by less than a tenth of a second in a close Super Pole session at the airport venue.

Much warmer conditions compared to Saturday meant qualifying took place with track temperature 10C higher at the start, but not increasing as much throughout the session. 

That helped Saturday's race winner Rosenqvist, who topped the first qualifying group but only just held on to a place in the Super Pole as those running later improved. 

He ran first in the shootout, where his 1m08.208s was good enough to defeat Buemi by 0.098s.

Jose Maria Lopez and DS Virgin Racing teammate Sam Bird will share the second row.

Lopez ended up a couple of tenths clear of Bird, who had topped the group stage and was only 0.002s slower than Rosenqvist through the opening sector before his lap gradually fell away.

Jean-Eric Vergne was slowest of the Super Pole runners and will start fifth after a scruffy lap that would only have been good enough for 18th in the group phase.

Oliver Turvey just missed out on the top-five shootout, although sixth place was mighty compared to his NextEV teammate Nelson Piquet Jr, who was a second slower and down in 18th.

Saturday poleman Lucas di Grassi could only managed seventh this time, and will share the fourth row with Daniel Abt.

Mitch Evans produced another head-turning qualifying performance in ninth, 10 places ahead and 1.2s faster than Jaguar teammate Adam Carroll.

Nico Prost completed the top 10 in the second Renault e.dams entry.

While Rosenqvist is now eyeing a clean sweep of Berlin victories, his teammate Nick Heidfeld will do well to even score points.

The German did not do a full-power lap in qualifying after a suspected sensor problem left him without full throttle, and he will line up last for the second part of the double-header in his home country.

Qualifying Results:

 

ClaDriverTeamTimeGap
1 sweden Felix Rosenqvist  india Mahindra Racing 1'08.208  
2 switzerland Sébastien Buemi  france DAMS 1'08.306 0.098
3 argentina Jose Maria Lopez  united_kingdom Virgin Racing 1'08.454 0.246
4 united_kingdom Sam Bird  united_kingdom Virgin Racing 1'08.688 0.480
5 france Jean-Eric Vergne  china Techeetah 1'09.103 0.895
6 united_kingdom Oliver Turvey  china NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 1'08.142  
7 brazil Lucas di Grassi  germany Team Abt 1'08.223 0.015
8 germany Daniel Abt  germany Team Abt 1'08.348 0.140
9 new_zealand Mitch Evans  united_kingdom Jaguar Racing 1'08.356 0.148
10 france Nicolas Prost  france DAMS 1'08.465 0.257
11 france Loic Duval  united_states Dragon Racing 1'08.483 0.275
12 belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio  united_states Dragon Racing 1'08.552 0.344
13 germany Maro Engel  monaco Venturi 1'08.582 0.374
14 netherlands Robin Frijns  united_states Andretti Autosport 1'08.583 0.375
15 france Tom Dillmann  monaco Venturi 1'08.738 0.530
16 france Stéphane Sarrazin  china Techeetah 1'08.822 0.614
17 portugal Antonio Felix da Costa  united_states Andretti Autosport 1'09.085 0.877
18 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.  china NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 1'09.149 0.941
19 united_kingdom Adam Carroll  united_kingdom Jaguar Racing 1'09.543 1.335
20 germany Nick Heidfeld  india Mahindra Racing 1'11.267 3.059
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