Stoffel Vandoorne makes it three out of five for Mercedes pole positions in Formula E Season 7.
He had to fight for it and was fractionally ahead of reigning champion Antonio Felix Da Costa. Vandoorne did a mega job to get to Super Pole from Group 1 too.
It was a very clean opening session, the Mercedes started out looking very strong with Vandoorne and De Vries the top two. Pascal Wehrlein was the only driver who could match them.
It was a poor opening session for Jaguar. Sam Bird and Mitch Evans were the best part of a second off the top time in Group 1.
Top 6 after G1: VAN, DEV, WEB, FRI, EVA, BIR
It was a similar story of mixed fortune in Group 2. Drivers who pushed the limits were rewarded with aggressive laps from Da Costa, Rowland and Alex Sims benefitting them.
Top 6 after G2: VAN, DAC, DEV, ROW, WEH, SIM
Weird session in Group 3. Sergio Sette Camara was panicking that he wouldn’t get to the line in time and sent it up the inside of Oliver Turvey at the final chicane which ruined the final preparation for their laps.
Four of the six cars were in the bottom five of qualifying so far with Sette Camara ahead of Bird and Lucas Di Grassi, Nico Müller and Turvey all way off.
The other two drivers in the session who kept themselves to themselves (Sebastien Buemi and Max Günther) didn’t get mixed up in fighting on track ended up in superpole.
Top 6 after G3: VAN, GUN, DAC, BUE, DEV, ROW
Usually, Group 4 would be where the super pole runners would be usurped after the track evolution but only one driver was able to make it through.
Alex Lynn went fastest and topped the group qualifying. Andre Lotterer and Norman Nato were close in seventh and eighth but they didn’t make it.
Top 6 going into Super Pole: LYN, VAN, GUN, DAC, BUE, DEV
Super Pole worked wonders for Mercedes. They had Nyck De Vries go out first and he did a very good lap himself but he knew he wouldn’t be on pole because of a grid penalty. He gave good feedback to the team for Stoffel’s lap.
De Vries said to push more on the outlap and Vandoorne duly followed. He clipped the wall right at the start of his lap which looked like it ruined it but then he committed and was able to just about usurp Da Costa.
He was 0.029 ahead with a small gap back from Da Costa to Günther and Lynn with another big gap to Buemi who went very deep at the final corner and ruined his lap.
The race is this afternoon in a few hours time. Whether the race is actually good for pole position is an unknown. Overtaking looks to be very inviting here and energy management is going to be so much more crucial than other races.
Expect a barnstorming finish.
|2||Antonio Felix Da Costa||DS Techeetah|
|3||Max Günther||BMW-i Andretti|
|5||Sebastien Buemi||Nissan e.dams|
|8||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.dams|
|9||Nyck De Vries (+5)||Mercedes|
|11||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin|
|13||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Techeetah|
|14||Jake Dennis||BMW-i Andretti|
|16||Robin Firjns||Envision Virgin|
|19||Sergio Sette Camara||Dragon Penske|
|22||Lucas Di Grassi||Audi|
|23||Nico Müller||Dragon Penske|