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Qualifying report

Monaco E-Prix: Porsche's Wehrlein snares pole after Jaguar errors

Pascal Wehrlein claimed his third pole position of the Formula E season ahead of the Monaco E-Prix, beating Stoffel Vandoorne in the final qualifying duel.

Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche, Porsche 99X Electric Gen3

Photo by: James Sutton / Motorsport Images

The Porsche driver, who won last time out in the Misano E-Prix and is now championship points leader courtesy of his pole, steadily increased his margin to Vandoorne (DS Penske) over all three sectors around the Monte Carlo circuit.

The German’s 1m29.861s left him 0.433s clear and on pole for Saturday afternoon's 29-lap race.

Wehrlein's greatest threat looked like it would come from Jaguar drivers Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans, but both made mistakes in their respective semi-final duels which cost them the chance of fighting for pole.

Evans lost out against Wehrlein having cut the Nouvelle Chicane, while a small mistake under acceleration out of Sainte Devote looked like it had cost Vandoorne, as the Belgian dropped nearly two tenths to Cassidy in the opening sector.

But the Kiwi had a moment through the swimming pool section that cost him dearly, as he finished 0.461s behind Vandoorne at the line.

Evans finished more than six tenths clear of Porsche’s Antonio Felix da Costa during the quarter-final duels after posting a 1m29.725s, the fastest time at that stage of proceedings.

It was a similar situation for Wehrlein in his quarter-final against Maserati MSG’s Maximilian Guenther, as he finished more than half a second clear.

In a DS Penske intra-team battle, Vandoorne had the edge on team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne by just over one tenth, while Cassidy progressed at the expense of Envision’s Sebastien Buemi.

Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche, with his Julius Baer Pole Position Award

Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche, with his Julius Baer Pole Position Award

Photo by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images

Ahead of his Formula E debut later today, Taylor Barnard finished last in the second qualifying group, 1.730s behind the fastest time which was set by Vandoorne – a 1m30.593s.

The 19-year-old Briton is set to become the youngest Formula E starter as he replaces Sam Bird after the McLaren driver broke a bone in his left hand following a crash in FP1.

Cassidy finished second in the group, nearly two tenths behind Vandoorne, as Buemi and Vergne progressed to the duels.

Maserati MSG’s Jehan Daruvala missed out by 0.162s as he headed Edoardo Mortara (Mahindra), Sacha Fenestraz (Nissan) and the second McLaren of Jake Hughes.

Reigning champion Jake Dennis could only finish ninth for Andretti ahead of ERT’s Dan Ticktum.

Evans continued his impressive practice form by topping the opening qualifying group by 0.154s from Wehrlein, as Guenther and da Costa completed the top four.

Envision’s Robin Frijns failed to progress by just 0.002s as he was followed by Sergio Sette Camara (ERT), Nico Muller (Abt) and Nyck de Vries (Mahindra).

Nissan’s Oliver Rowland, who claimed victory at the last Formula E event in Italy, could only finish ninth as Lucas di Grassi (Abt) and Norman Nato (Andretti) completed the order.

Monaco E-Prix Qualifying Results

Cla   Driver  Team  Time   Delay 
Pascal Wehrlein Porsche 1'29.861  
S.Vandoorne DS 1'30.304 0.443
Nick Cassidy Jaguar 1'30.772 0.911
Mitch Evans Jaguar - -
Jean-Eric Vergne DS 1'30.119 0.258
Sebastien Buemi Jaguar 1'30.140 0.279
A.F.da Costa Porsche 1'30.341 0.480
Max Guenther Maserati 1'30.425 0.564
Robin Frijns Jaguar 1'31.070 1.209
10  Jehan Daruvala Maserati 1'31.010 1.149
11  S.Sette Camara ERT 1'31.188 1.327
12  Edoardo Mortara Mahindra 1'31.042 1.181
13  Nico Müller Mahindra 1'31.241 1.380
14  Sacha Fenestraz Nissan 1'31.083 1.222
15  Nyck de Vries Mahindra 1'31.279 1.418
16  Jake Hughes Nissan 1'31.149 1.288
17  Oliver Rowland Nissan 1'31.347 1.486
18  Jake Dennis Porsche 1'31.370 1.509
19  Lucas di Grassi Mahindra 1'31.349 1.488
20  Dan Ticktum ERT 1'31.600 1.739
21  Norman Nato Porsche 1'31.353 1.492
22  Taylor Barnard Nissan 1'32.323 2.462

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