Jerome d'Ambrosio took pole position for the Mexico ePrix as Formula E points leader Sebastien Buemi made a critical error on his hot lap.
Having been quickest in the group stages, Renault edams driver Buemi locked up braking for the first corner during his lap in the Top 5 shootout.
That meant that D'Ambrosio, who had secured provisional pole with a time of 1m03.705s, secured his second pole of the season following on from his success in Punta del Este.
D'Ambrosio's three points for pole move him ahead of Dragon Racing teammate Loic Duval for fourth in the standings.
Buemi's teammate Nico Prost secured second with a lap 0.308s off D'Ambrosio's pace, eclipsing Lucas di Grassi by just 0.010s.
Daniel Abt made it an all-Abt Audi second row with fourth, with Buemi completing the top five after completing his hot lap 1.3s off the pace.
Jean-Eric Vergne topped the opening qualifying group with a time of 1m04.268s, but this wasn’t enough to make the Top 5 shootout, the Frenchman just missing out in sixth.
Antonio Felix da Costa was seventh, ahead of Loic Duval, Nick Heidfeld and Stephane Sarrazin. Buenos Aires ePrix winner Sam Bird couldn’t do better than 11th after a mistake in the final sector.
The Brit however will start in P10 due to a 10-place grid penalty for Felix da Costa due to a gearbox change.
Drama for Piquet and Senna
There was trouble in the final group for reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr, who suffered a monster lock-up at Turn 1, ploughing into the Tecpro barriers and destroying the front end of his NEXTEV TCR machine – an incident that also brought out the red flags.
“I was pushing the limits a bit and I think I found it!” said Piquet. “I’m sure my guys are going to hustle as much as they can, hopefully they can get [the car] ready [for the race].”
Mahindra’s Bruno Senna will share the back row with Piquet, after the Brazilian suffered a spin at Turn 1 in the second group, damaging his car with light contact against the barriers.
|1||Jerome d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||Venturi VM200-FE-01||1:03.705|
|2||Nicolas Prost||DAMS||Renault Z.E.15||1:04.013|
|3||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport Team Abt||ABT Schaeffler FE01||1:04.023|
|4||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport Team Abt||ABT Schaeffler FE01||1:04.335|
|5||Sebastien Buemi||DAMS||Renault Z.E.15||1:05.183|
|6||Jean-Eric Vergne||Virgin Racing||Virgin DSV-01||1:04.268|
|7||Antonio Felix da Costa||Team Aguri||Spark SRT_01E||1:04.371|
|8||Loic Duval||Dragon Racing||Venturi VM200-FE-01||1:04.492|
|9||Nick Heidfeld||Mahindra Racing||Mahindra M2ELECTRO||1:04.523|
|10||Stephane Sarrazin||Venturi||Venturi VM200-FE-01||1:04.583|
|11||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||Virgin DSV-01||1:04.594|
|12||Simona de Silvestro||Andretti Autosport||Spark SRT_01E||1:04.606|
|13||Robin Frijns||Andretti Autosport||Spark SRT_01E||1:04.959|
|14||Mike Conway||Venturi||Venturi VM200-FE-01||1:05.108|
|15||Salvador Duran||Team Aguri||Spark SRT_01E||1:05.452|
|16||Oliver Turvey||China Racing||NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001||1:06.166|
|17||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||Mahindra M2ELECTRO||1:07.724|
|18||Nelson Piquet Jr.||China Racing||NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001