FE: Oliver Rowland takes pole ahead of mixed FE grid

Oliver Rowland was the only driver into the 1.15s on the new Berlin layout to take pole position. 

He is the first pole position driver to not be a DS Techeetah driver since the season returned in Berlin.

Alongside Rowland is Robin Frijns who was only half a tenth off of pole in his Virgin. He said after the session that he is looking forward to a shootout with Rowland.

In third was a stunning performance for Neel Jani who scored his best qualifying performance by a mile having seemingly got on top of the issues he has had all year and aiming for his first points of the season.

Rene Rast had a great showing to top the group stages of qualifying and will start fourth with Alex Lynn in fifth after another strong showing for the super subs in Berlin.

Jaguar stand in Tom Blomqvist did extremely well to get into super pole in his first ever Formula E race with James Calado prioritising WEC in Spa. He will start sixth after a lock up on his flying lap.

Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 4
Tom Blomqvist will start 6th on debut – Credit: FIA Formula E

The four champions of Formula E who went out in Group 1 all failed to set lap times and will start from the back of the grid.

Lucas Di Grassi, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi were squabbling on their out lap to achieve the best position to do their lap to ensure the best track conditions but late on that became fighting to actually get to the line.

It looked touch and go but they all tripped up on themselves with Di Grassi and Da Costa actually making contact to try and get to the line.

They all failed and start from the very back of the grid.

Vergne and Da Costa fighting for track position © FIA Formula E

Andre Lotterer was displaced from super pole right at the death as Rene Rast crossed the line at the end. He starts alongside the lead Venturi of Felipe Massa.

Sergio Sette Camara benefitted from an improving track to get a top ten start for Dragon with Edo Mortara in the Venturi in 10th.

Nico Muller was close to super pole level with his early sectors but fell away to start 11th.

Oliver Turvey used the track conditions of Group 4 to qualify 12th. Max Gunther and Mitch Evans were the only two Group 1 qualifiers to set times and were 0.001s apart in 13th and 14th.

Alex Sims and Sam Bird are 15th and 16th with Jerome D’Ambrosio and Stoffel Vandoorne behind.

Nyck De Vries and Daniel Abt were the last of those who set times. Their top 20 grid positions saved by the farce of Group 1.

The grid is certainly mixed up for this evening’s race on the new Berlin layout as the Formula E season comes to its final double header.

Position Driver Team
1 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams
2 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing
3 Neel Jani Tag Heuer Porsche
4 Rene Rast Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
5 Alex Lynn Mahindra Racing
6 Tom Blomqvist Panasonic Jaguar Racing
7 Andre Lotterer Tag Heuer Porsche
8 Felipe Massa ROKiT Venturi Racing
9 Sergio Sette Camara GEOX Dragon
10 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing
11 Nico Muller GEOX Dragon
12 Oliver Turvey NIO 333
13 Max Gunther BMW i Andretti Motorsport
14 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing
15 Alex Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport
16 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing
17 Jerome D’Ambrosio Mahindra Racing
18 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ
19 Nyck De Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ
20 Daniel Abt NIO 333 Racing
NC Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
NC Antonio Felix Da Costa DS Techeetah
NC Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams
NC Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah