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Rowland pips Wehrlein to Puebla pole

Oliver Rowland pips Pascal Wehrlein to pole position ahead of the second Puebla E-Prix.

The Nissan driver, who struggled with technical problems in the first race of the weekend, was second quickest in the group stages, behind BMW’s Jake Dennis.

A small mistake on Dennis’ flying lap caused him to lock up, but there were no such mistakes on Rowland’s run.

He claimed his fourth Formula E pole position with a lap time of 1m23.579s, almost two tenths of a second quicker than Wehrlein.

The fastest lap of the session came in the second qualifying group.

All six drivers beat those out in the first qualifying group. Dennis set the pace with a 1m22.816s time, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne and Eduardo Mortara.

Rowland, who was out in group three, slotted himself into P2, 0.236s off Dennis’ time, while Alex Lynn and Pascal Wehrlein finished fourth and fifth respectively.

In the Super Pole session, Wehrlein made a small mistake in the final sector, but it was enough to put him P1 after four of the six drivers had set their lap times.

Rowland would knock him down to P2, but Jake Dennis was unable to set a competitive time and ended the session 0.575s off the pace.

Alex Lynn took third ahead of Eduaro Mortara and Jean-Eric Vergne. However, after the race he was penalised due to a throttle map infringement and dropped to sixth place. Mortara was subsequently promoted to P3.

Sebastien Buemi was the fastest man in Group 4 and narrowly missed out on a spot in the Super Pole session. He finished seventh, just 0.220s off the cut-off time.

In Group 1 it was a repeat of yesterday’s struggle to find clear space at the end of the session. Championship leader Robin Frijns was flying on his lap, but was held up by Rene Rast in the final sector and ended the session 21st overall. Rast would have his lap time deleted for rejoining the track in an unsafe manor.

Vandoorne, who was the quickest driver in the group, placed P17.

Nick Cassidy took eighth ahead of Tom Blomqvist and Andre Lotter.

 

Bethonie Waring

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