Robin Frijns took his first ever Formula E pole position after a demon lap ahead of the equally flamboyant Sergio Sette Camara. 

Frijns topped practice this morning and topped group qualifying meaning that putting it together in Super Pole was just a formality.

He nailed it with an exciting lap to go over two tenths clear of Sette Camara who put on a mighty performance for Dragon Penske.

Third, half a second back, is Frijns old teammate Sam Bird who was disappointed with his lap but in a good place for the race.

In fourth and fifth were the mega NIO drivers, Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomqvist. No points last year and now way up on the grid. They held their own last night and hopefully can avoid slipping back.

Avoiding slipping back will be on Dragon Penske’s minds too with Sette Camara joined in Super Pole by his team-mate Nico Müller. Müller set very fast sectors 1 and 2 but made a mistake in the final sector leaving him sixth when he could have been on the front row.

The Dragon Penske cars have last year’s powertrain so will be worried about the cars behind but have had their best qualifying in years so deserve good results.

Sergio Sette Camara, Dragon Penske © FIA Formula E

In a massive turn of events, the four Mercedes cars were forced not to take part in qualifying. This meant both Mercedes works and Venturi customer cars were forced to remain in the garage.

As a result of a technical issue and suspected brake failure causing a dangerous crash for last night’s second place finisher Edoardo Mortara in FP3, the FIA wanted to investigate the Mercedes car and blocked them from going on track.

They were unable to set times meaning last night’s winner Nyck De Vries, Mortara, Stoffel Vandoorne and Norman Nato had to sit out.

Mortara was due to sit out qualifying anyway after having to go to hospital. Thankfully he is conscious and can feel all of his body. It is not yet known if he will be declared fit to race.

That is if they can investigate the Mercedes cars in time and deem them safe for the race.

Edo Mortara’s Venturi (customer Mercedes) car in the wall after FP3 © FIA Formula E

Seventh place went to two-time champion Jean-Eric Vergne who missed out on Super Pole by 0.04s in the end. He was able to make up places yesterday and bearing in mind the slightly less efficient cars ahead, he could be a headache later tonight.

Season 2 champ Sebastien Buemi is eighth with Antonio Felix Da Costa starting behind him in ninth.

Nick Cassidy couldn’t quite match his teammate’s wonder lap in the group stages. Max Günther disappointed for BMW not just missing out on Super Pole from Group 4, but even the top 10. He starts ahead of Alex Lynn who is 12th after his grid penalty is added.

Lynn was penalised for causing a collision in last night’s race when he put himself and Bird out of the race, causing the first Safety Car.

Oliver Rowland navigated Group 1 well yet again to start 13th, but only two drivers set a lap-time in that sessions. With De Vries and Mortara not taking part, only Rowland, Pascal Wehrlein, Mitch Evans and René Rast took part.

As Wehrlein went for it, Evans and Rast were stuck behind Rowland whilst they squabbled for the most advantageous track position.

Evans and Rast didn’t set fast times in the end and start 18th and 19th. They were saved by the Mercedes and Venturi exclusion as well as a crash for Andre Lotterer in FP3.

Rowland leads Evans and Rast as the Jaguar and Audi drivers miss out on a fast lap © FIA Formula E

14th place went to Alexander Sims with Luca Di Grassi behind him. Wehrlein was 16th ahead of Jake Dennis.

Lotterer rounded out last behind the Mercedes cars who are in finishing order from last night with De Vries in 20th, Mortara 21st, Vandoorne 22nd and Nato 23rd.

The second Diriyah E-Prix of Season 7 takes place this evening at 5pm GMT.

Position Driver Team
1 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing
2 Sérgio Sette Câmara GEOX Dragon
3 Sam Bird Panasonic Jaguar Racing
4 Oliver Turvey NIO 333
5 Tom Blomqvist NIO 333
6 Nico Müller GEOX Dragon
7 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah
8 Sébastian Buemi Nissan e.dams
9 António Felix da Costa DS Techeetah
10 Nick Cassidy Envision Virgin Racing
11 Maximilian Gunther BMW i Andretti Motorsport
12 Alex Lynn Mahindra Racing
13 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams
14 Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing
15 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
16 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche
17 Jake Dennis BMW i Andretti Motorsport
18 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing
19 René Rast Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
20 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ
21 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing
22 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ
23 Norman Nato ROKiT Venturi Racing
24 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche
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