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Cassidy leads rookie 1-2 in qualifying

Nick Cassidy claimed his maiden Formula E pole position in a drying qualifying ahead of the second Rome E-Prix.

The Envision Virgin driver lead a rookie 1-2 in qualifying and will line up alongside Venturi’s Norman Nato.

Qualifying started in wet conditions, with those out in group one tackling a slippery track surface. Sam Bird topped the session with a 1m59.739s lap, but it would only be enough for P11 overall.

Conditions improved over the course of the session, but being last on track didn’t guarantee the best times.

Nato, out in the last qualifying group, topped the group stages and was the final man on track in Super Pole. However, he couldn’t quite match the lap time set by Nick Cassidy, who managed a 1m52.011s on his run.

Cassidy ended the session 0.332s ahead of Nato, with Pascal Wehrlein slotting into P3.

Andre Lotterer set the second-fastest time in the group stages but had his time deleted for power over-usage. The penalty promoted Stoffel Vandoorne into the Super Pole shootout. Vandoorne took fourth, ahead of Maximilian Guenther and Alexander Sims.

Edoardo Mortara took P7. Like Wehrlein, he qualified in the second group and faced difficult track conditions. The session ended with a yellow flag when Sergio Sette Camara stopped on track, though no lap times were disrupted.

Jake Dennis was the only other driver not to set a lap time, as a technical problem meant he was unable to leave the pits.

Oliver Rowland took P8 ahead of Nico Mueller and team-mate Sebastien Buemi.

Bethonie Waring

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