Brilliant Buemi claims Paris pole

Sebastien Buemi has continued his superb form, claiming pole position ahead of Saturday's Paris ePrix in France.

The Swiss star stopped the clocks at 1:02.319s in his Spark-Renault around the Paris circuit, just 0.006 seconds ahead of TECHEETAH's Jean-Eric Vergne, the closest margin in Formula E history.

Buemi – the drivers championship leader – had also set the pace during the afternoon's first practice session, with Jose Maria Lopez second fastest for the DS Virgin Racing team.

"I'm relieved!" quipped the 28-year-old said afterwards.

"Last year this was our worst qualifying and we really had no speed, so we worked very hard and tried to understand the situation and today I had pole position. I had a few mistakes in the third sector, so it's amazing. It's already part of the job done, now we see what we can do in the race."

Lopez would claim third on the grid, while NextEV NEO's Oliver Turvey was fourth fastest, but will start the race from 14th after his ten-place grid penalty for a motor change.

Estaban Guitierrez would round out the top five in Paris, completing a succesful afternoon the the Chinese TECHEETAH team.