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Evans claims maiden pole position as Vergne struggles

Mitch Evans claimed his and Jaguar Racing’s first Formula E pole position ahead of the Zurich ePrix while championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne had a disappointing session after qualifying in 17th place.

Vergne’s team-mate Andre Lotterer and Dragon Racing pair Jerome d’Ambrosio and Jose Maria Lopez made the super pole shootout alongside Vergne’s championship rival Sam Bird.

Bird was the first to set a time of 1:13.022 but later said he made a mistake on the exit of the chicane which cost him a shot at pole position.

Lotterer looked like he had wrapped up pole position with a time of 1:12.948, but Evans set a session-best time in sector two to claim pole by a tenth of a second.

It meant that Lotterer had to settle for second place, ahead of DS Virgin’s Bird and Dragon Racing pair d’Ambrosio and Lopez.

Vergne’s lap time in groups qualifying of a 1:13.524 was only good enough for 17th spot on the grid, and the Techeetah driver was also placed under investigation for moving into 200kW mode too early.

Lucas di Grassi – who can no longer retain his title mathematically after not picking up the three bonus points for pole position – will start sixth, just ahead of Renault pair Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost.

Daniel Abt qualified in ninth ahead of Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist and Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet. Alex Lynn was 12th, ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Edoardo Mortara.

Antonio Felix da Costa was 15th despite not completing many laps in free practice two earlier, ahead of Andretti team-mate Stephane Sarrazin.

Vergne was 17th with Maro Engel 18th and NIO pair Luca Filippi and Oliver Turvey starting on the back row. Turvey hit the wall on his qualifying run.

Super Pole

PosForenameSurnameGap
1MitchEVANS01:12.811
2AndréLOTTERER0.137
3SamBIRD0.211
4JérômeD'AMBROSIO0.285
5José MariaLOPEZ1.116

Group Classification

PosForenameSurnameGap
1MitchEVANS01:12.594
2JérômeD'AMBROSIO0.263
3José MariaLOPEZ0.283
4AndréLOTTERER0.312
5SamBIRD0.387
6LucasDI GRASSI0.448
7SébastienBUEMI0.467
8NicolasPROST0.490
9DanielABT0.513
10FelixROSENQVIST0.620
11NelsonPIQUET0.786
12AlexLYNN0.799
13NickHEIDFELD0.811
14EdoardoMORTARA0.819
15Antonio FelixDA COSTA0.828
16StéphaneSARRAZIN0.906
17Jean-EricVERGNE0.930
18MaroENGEL0.947
19LucaFILIPPI1.473
20OliverTURVEY1.545

Jack Amey

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