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Vergne flies to record-extending pole position in Berlin race 4

Jean-Eric Vergne secured DS Techeetah’s record-extending fifth pole position in a row as DS Techeetah locked out the front row.

Vergne set a 1:06.107 to beat Antonio Felix da Costa by 0.140 as the Portuguese driver took another massive step towards the championship.

Da Costa’s main championship rival, BMW’s Maximilian Guenther was also in the first qualifying group but could only manage the 21st fastest time at the end of the session.

Da Costa must score six points less than Guenther to win the championship.

The rest of the super pole shoot out saw Oliver Rowland and Sebastien Buemi lock out the second row for Nissan with Nyck de Vries and Felipe mass round out the top six for Mercedes and Venturi respectively.

Alex Lynn just missed out on Super Pole in the Mahindra and, Rene Rast produced his best qualifying performance to go eighth fastest for Audi.

The top ten was rounded out by Jerome d’Ambrosio in the other Mahindra and Robin Frijns in the faster of the Envision Virgin entries.

Mitch Evans was 11th quickest for Jaguar with Audi’s Lucas di Grassi and Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara separating Evans from his teammate James Calado.

Nico Mueller was 15th ahead of Alex Sims in the faster of the two BMWs, Sam Bird in the Envision Virgin entry, Porsche’s Andre Lotterer and the top 20 was rounded out by NIO’s Oliver Turvey and Stoffel Vandoorne in the Mercedes.

Gunther was 21st ahead of Neel Jani, who locked up at Turn 1 on his 250kw lap and lost a further two tenths in the final sector, Daniel Abt in the NIO and Sergio Sette Camara in the Dragon rounds out the field after complaining of traffic and a big lock-up at Turn 5.

Rob Lomas

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