Nyck De Vries has made a statement after taking pole and topping every session so far ahead of the opening round in Diriyah.

He was the only driver from group 2 to make it through to super pole after an impressive lap.

De Vries carried that pace over to super pole to take a huge pole position by six tenths. That is a massive statement from Mercedes with De Vries definitely favourite for the race.

Porsche made it to the front row as well with Pascal Wehrlein just edging René Rast who starts third.

Edo Mortara did a wonderful job in his customer Venturi to qualify fourth even with a relatively mistake filled lap.

Alex Lynn had to hustle a bit after his Mahindra was lacking grip. He was only just behind Mortara.

Mitch Evans qualified sixth after a mistake in the final sector of his super pole lap meaning he clipped the wall quite hard and lost the run onto the main straight.

Andre Lotterer rounded came seventh after others had their laptimes deleted with Sam Bird in 8th in his first qualifying for Jaguar.

As always in Formula E, cars were squabbling to get the absolute best track position for the lap with Oliver Rowland starting his group one lap with one second to go.

As he manoeuvred himself to the back of the first group, Rowland set the fastest time by seven tenths in group one. That was enough for 10th in the end behind Max Günther in ninth.

Last years pole sitter Alex Sims was 11th after a scruffy lap with rookie Norman Nato in 12th ahead of Oliver Turvey and BMW rookie Jake Dennis.

The runner up of last year, Stoffel Vandoorne was 15th but champions Lucas Di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne all tripped up over themselves and were over a second off of Rowland.

They start way down the order in 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th.

Sergio Sette Camara gets out his car after ruining his lap at the final corner © FIA Formula E

Sergio Sette Camara locked up at the final corner of his flying lap and will start 23rd.

Sette Camara’s crash meant that Nico Müller, Nick Cassidy and Tom Blomqvist all had their lap times deleted because they set the lap under yellow flags. Müller and Cassidy missed out on super pole as a result.

Robin Frijns didn’t take part following a crash in practice and will start the opening race in 24th.

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