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Rowland flies to pole as champions falter in Berlin qualifying

Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland claimed pole position for the fifth Formula E Berlin E-Prix while the four champions on the grid all failed to set a time.

Buemi, as well as Audi Sport ABT's Lucas di Grassi, DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne and newly-crowned champion Antonio Felix da Costa, were all squabbling for track position with di Grassi and da Costa even colliding at one point.

Subsequently, none of them were vaguely near to making it across the line to start their flying laps and thus they will start at the back of the grid, although the order is not yet known.

The rest of the Super Pole session also featured some surprise names as the track evolved during the session.

Robin Frijns was second for Envision Virgin Racing while Porsche’s Neel Jani and Audi’s Rene Rast had their best qualifying results of their Formula E careers. Rast also collects the point for topping group qualifying.

Alex Lynn was fifth for Mahindra Racing and Tom Blomqvist was an impressive sixth in the Jaguar Racing, with Blomqvist securing his best Formula E qualifying.

Andre Lotterer set the seventh quickest time in the second of the Porsches as the top 10 was rounded out by Venturi Racing’s Felipe Massa, Sergio Sette Camara in the Dragon Racing and the other Venturi of Edoardo Mortara.

Nico Mueller was 11th fastest as Oliver Turvey qualified an impressive 12th fastest in the NIO. Maximillian Guenther and Mitch Evans were 13th and 14th for BMW i Andretti Motorsport and Jaguar respectively in the battle for second in the championship with Alex Sims going 15th fastest in the other BMW.

Sam Bird was 16th quickest ahead of Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio, the Mercedes Benz EQ duo of Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries with Daniel Abt setting the 20th quickest time.
It is still unclear what order Buemi, Vergne, Da Costa and di Grassi will start as things stand.

Rob Lomas

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