Vergne claims Berlin pole

DS Virgin Racing driver Jean-Eric Vergne will start on pole position for the Berlin ePrix, while Championship leader Lucas di Grassi had to settle for 10th place.

Verge posted a time of 57.811s in superpole, which was 0.016s faster than that of e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi.

“I thought the lap wasn’t going to be good enough,” said Vergne, who had claimed his maiden podium for Virgin in Paris last time out.

“I’m really happy. Everything is going well at the moment.”

Buemi was the last driver hit the track in superpole, but his effort was half a second slower than his best effort in the group stage and was only good enough for a start on the front row behind Vergne.

In third was Daniel Abt, who qualified ahead of team-mate Di Grassi for the first time since Long Beach last season, although his superpole time was 0.025s slower than Buemi.

Mahindra racing pair Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld were the last of the superpole runners, although neither could replicate their earlier performances: Senna battled with an upshift while Heidfeld clipped the wall to ruin his session.

Di Grassi, meanwhile, was the biggest name to miss out on superpole after a slight mistake ruined his lap, which ended up being four tenths slower than Abt’s best.

Sam Bird was the fastest of the drivers not to make it into the shootout and will line up in sixth, ahead of NEXTEV TCR’s Nelson Piquet Jr, who had his best performance in qualifying this season in Berlin.

Nicolas Prost and Oliver Turvey were in eighth and ninth respectively.