Jean-Eric Vergne beats Sebastien Buemi to Berlin ePrix pole

Jean-Eric Vergne claimed pole position for the Berlin ePrix, which Formula E championship leader Lucas di Grassi will start down in 10th

Jean-Eric Vergne beats Sebastien Buemi to Berlin ePrix pole

Vergne's superpole effort of 57.811s bested Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi by just 0.016s.

"I thought the lap wasn't going to be good enough," said Vergne, who clinched his first podium for DS Virgin Racing in the previous race in Paris and has now earned his first pole for the team as well.

"I'm really happy. Everything is going well at the moment."

Buemi was the last to run but was half a second slower than his group stage benchmark in the superpole and has to settle for a front-row start.

He was only 0.025s quicker than Daniel Abt, the German getting the better of Abt Audi Sport team-mate di Grassi in qualifying for the first time since last year's race in Long Beach.

Mahindra duo Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld completed the superpole runners but neither could replicate their impressive earlier efforts, Senna struggling with an upshift issue and Heidfeld clipping the wall.

Both drivers, along with Stephane Sarrazin and Jerome d'Ambrosio, were then relegated to the back for incorrect tyre pressures.

Di Grassi was the biggest casualty of the group phase of qualifying, though apart from a slight mistake he was not unhappy with his lap, a 58.183s.

But that was four tenths slower than team-mate Abt managed, and the result was the German sneaking into the superpole while di Grassi was left at the foot of the top 10.

Sam Bird was the first of those not to make it into the shootout and will line up sixth ahead of NEXTEV TCR's Nelson Piquet Jr, who secured the best grid position of his title defence.

Nicolas Prost was only eighth after a lairy lap in his group, with Oliver Turvey completing a much better qualifying performance for the NEXTEV team in ninth.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin Virgin 57.811s -
2 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 57.827s 0.016s
3 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 57.852s 0.041s
4 Sam Bird Virgin Virgin 57.838s -
5 Nelson Piquet Jr. China NEXTEV TCR 58.026s -
6 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 58.028s -
7 Oliver Turvey China NEXTEV TCR 58.118s -
8 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 58.183s -
9 Loic Duval Dragon Venturi 58.298s -
10 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Spark 58.654s -
11 Mike Conway Venturi Venturi 58.687s -
12 Robin Frijns Andretti Spark 58.742s -
13 Rene Rast Aguri Spark 58.756s -
14 Ma Qinghua Aguri Spark 59.301s -
15 Bruno Senna Mahindra Mahindra 58.303s -
16 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 59.085s -
17 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 58.740s -
18 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Venturi 58.501s -


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