Buemi snatches Formula E pole at Long Beach

Sebastien Buemi will start round six of the FIA Formula E Championship from pole position after a thrilling qualifying session at Long Beach.

Buemi snatches Formula E pole at Long Beach
Nicolas Prost, e.dams-Renault
Loic Duval, Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Sébastien Buemi, Nicolas Prost
Jean-Eric Vergne, Andretti Autosport
Long Beach atmosphere
Nelson Piquet Jr., China Racing
Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport

In the last of the four qualifying segments, Buemi lapped the shortened version of the classic IndyCar and Formula 1 venue in 56.853s in his e.dams car.

Daniel Abt looked to have grabbed the top spot, but Buemi just pipped him by 0.084s – although he is under investigation for his speed under a yellow flag zone, just before the session was red flagged.

"Really good, great for the team," said Buemi. "I'm quite happy after the last race, which was quite difficult for me. I've already started once from pole, so this time I hope it works out."

Abt said: "I crashed in practice, so I'm extremely happy with P2. I think it helped a bit to be in group four, but the car worked great."

Series leader Prost will start third, and was just 0.03s clear of Team China’s Nelson Piquet Jr. “It was a really good lap,” said Prost.

Piquet, who is wearing the helmet colours of his father this weekend in honour of his first F1 victory here 35 years ago, caught Stephane Sarrazin on his quickest lap.

“It was just one of those deals,” said Piquet, who will start fourth. “I think I could have got the pole, I lost minimum one or two tenths, but no reason to get pissed.”

Erstwhile points leader Lucas di Grassi, who has suffered mechanical dramas in the last two races, was fifth fastest after setting the pace throughout practice.

But there was more drama when di Grassi’s Abt Audi car appeared to catch fire in parc ferme, and emitted a huge cloud of smoke after it was connected to a 12V battery.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who has scored two poles this year, set 57.106s at his second attempt which was enough for sixth, with Andretti Autosport teammate Scott Speed within 0.05s of him but Antonio Felix da Costa managed to get between them in seventh.

Pos Driver  Team   Time   Gap 
Sebastien Buemi e.dams 56.853s  
Daniel Abt Abt Audi 56.937s 0.084s
Nicolas Prost e.dams 56.944s 0.091s
Nelson Piquet Jr China Racing 56.974s 0.121s
Lucas di Grassi Abt Audi 57.083s 0.230s
Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti Autosport 57.106s 0.253s
Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 57.149s 0.296s
Scott Speed Andretti Autosport 57.156s 0.303s
Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 57.184s 0.331s
10  Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 57.261s 0.408s
11  Sam Bird Virgin Racing 57.304s 0.451s
12  Bruno Senna Mahindra 57.347s 0.494s
13  Jarno Trulli Trulli 57.417s 0.564s
14  Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 57.449s 0.596s
15  Nick Heidfeld Venturi 57.508s 0.655s
16  Charles Pic China Racing 57.818s 0.965s
17  Loic Duval Dragon Racing 57.905s 1.052s
18  Karun Chandhok Mahindra 57.921s 1.068s
19  Salvador Duran Aguri 57.950s 1.097s
20  Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli 1m12.813s 15.960s

 

 

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