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Sims Sets New Record With Third Pole In a Row

Alexander Sims became the first driver to get three pole positions in a row in the history of the series, driving for for BMW i Andretti Motorsport.

The British driver set a lap of 1m11.476 despite losing two-tenths of a second with a lurid slide at Turn 17. Track evolution has been a talking point all weekend and for comparison, Sims' pole lap from yesterday was a 1m14.563. 

Sebastien Buemi will be starting alongside Sims on the front row for Nissan e.dams with Lucas di Grassi third quickest for Audi Sport Abt despite a bit of oversteer at Turn 17.
Mitch Evans was fourth quickest for Jaguar Racing with Jerome d’Ambrosio fifth for Mahindra Racing.

Antonio Felix Da Costa was sixth for DS Techeetah after a slide at Turn 14, a bigger one at Turn 16 and a slight tap on the wall at Turn 17. Sam Bird just missed out on a spot in SuperPole for Envision Virgin Racing with the seventh fastest lap time, edging out Venturi Racing’s Edo Mortara and Maximillian Guenther in the other BMW.

Andre Lotterer rounded out the Top 10 for Porsche ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, whose accident in the practice session meant that he hadn’t set a representative lap all day.
Stoffel Vandoorne was 12th in the quicker of the Mercedes EQ Formula E Team entries with Robin Frijns 13th for Virgin, Pascal Wehrlein 14th for Mahindra and Daniel Abt was 15th for Audi.

Felipe Massa set the 16th best lap for Venturi with Nissan’s Oliver Rowland 17th, Oliver Turvey 18th for NIO 333and Neel Jani was 19th in the second of the Porsches.

The top 20 was Brendon Hartley in the quicker of the two Geox Dragon Racing entries after a scruffy lap with Ma Qing Hua 21st in the other NIO and James Calado was 22nd in the second of the Jaguars after saying that the steering wasn’t straight on his out lap.

Nico Mueller was 21st in the second of the Dragon entries and the field was rounded out by Nyck de Vries for Mercedes EQ after he admitted that he made a mistake on his 250kw lap.

Rob Lomas

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