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London ePrix: Buemi takes crucial pole, di Grassi third

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London ePrix: Buemi takes crucial pole, di Grassi third
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Jul 3, 2016, 12:07 PM

Sebastien Buemi will start the title-deciding second leg of the London ePrix from pole position, drawing level in the championship with title rival Lucas di Grassi in the process.

In the superpole showdown, Buemi was last on track having set the quickest time during the group stages - which, unlike on Saturday, were all held in totally dry conditions.

And the Swiss driver produced a flawless tour of the Battersea Park circuit, a 1m22.033s, to take the top spot on the starting grid and the three points that come with it.

Buemi will have Renault e.dams Nicolas Prost alongside him on the front row, the Frenchman lapping slightly slower than he had managed in the group stages with a 1m22.948s.

That was enough to beat di Grassi by just 0.027s in the battle for second on the grid, despite the Brazilian improving by three tenths compared to his earlier effort.

Oliver Turvey was a remarkable fourth in the NEXTEV TCR car, albeit 1.6s off the pace of Buemi in superpole, with Nick Heidfeld's Mahindra completing the top five a further 1.1s behind.

Daniel Abt will start sixth, missing out on a place in superpole by a tenth and a half thanks to Turvey's sensational effort in the fourth and final qualifying group.

Jean-Eric Vergne was seventh fastest ahead of DS Virgin teammate Sam Bird, while outgoing champion Nelson Piquet Jr and Loic Duval complete the top 10, having set times 0.001s apart.

With Buemi and di Grassi tied on points, Sunday's race will be a winner-takes-all affair - although di Grassi would win on countback should both men fail to score points.

Qualifying results:
P.DriverTeamTime
1  Sébastien Buemi http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Renault_s.png Renault e.dams 1:22.033
2  Nicolas Prost http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Renault_s.png Renault e.dams 1:22.948
3  Lucas di Grassi http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/ABT_s.png ABT Audi Sport 1:22.975
4  Oliver Turvey http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/NextEv_s.png NEXTEV TCR 1:23.685
5  Nick Heidfeld http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Mahindra_s.png Mahindra Racing 1:24.827
6  Daniel Abt http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/ABT_s.png ABT Audi Sport 1:23.494
7  Jean-Éric Vergne http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/DS_s.png DS Virgin Racing 1:23.783
8  Sam Bird http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/DS_s.png DS Virgin Racing 1:23.930
9  Nelson Piquet Jr. http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/NextEv_s.png NEXTEV TCR 1:23.937
10  Loïc Duval http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Dragon_s.png Dragon Racing 1:23.938
11  Jérôme d'Ambrosio http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Dragon_s.png Dragon Racing 1:23.952
12  Mike Conway http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Venturi_s.png Venturi 1:24.054
13  Bruno Senna http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Mahindra_s.png Mahindra Racing 1:24.171
14  António Félix da Costa http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Aguri_s.png Team Aguri 1:24.273
15  Stéphane Sarrazin http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Venturi_s.png Venturi 1:24.311
16  Robin Frijns http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/AndrettiLON_s.png Andretti Autosport 1:24.655
17  Simona de Silvestro http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/AndrettiLON_s.png Andretti Autosport 1:24.823
18  Ma Qing Hua http://www.toilef1.com/site/image/formule-e/2016/Aguri_s.png Team Aguri 1:26.259
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Series Formula E
Event London ePrix
Location Streets of London
Drivers Lucas di Grassi , Sébastien Buemi
Author Jamie Klein