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Giovinazzi earns rare highlight amid bleak Formula E season

Jul 31 2022
By Josh Suttill

Antonio Giovinazzi finally delivered a highlight in an otherwise miserable rookie Formula E season by qualifying third on the grid for the second race of the London double-header weekend.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Giovinazzi was yet to make it through to the duel phase of qualifying during his rookie Formula E season with Dragon Penske and had a best race finish of 16th at Monaco.

But he was able to follow up his team-mate Sergio Sette Camara’s starring Saturday role by breaking into the duels and beating reigning champion Nyck de Vries to claim his spot in the semi-finals.

He wasn’t able to overcome Venturi’s Lucas di Grassi in their duel but he was faster than the other semi-final loser Antonio Felix da Costa and thusly secured third place on the grid for Sunday’s race.

He’ll be hoping to avoid the fate of team-mate Sette Camara who was cruelly denied points on and was made “to look like a clown”.

Di Grassi was defeated in the final duel by Jake Dennis, who secured a brace of pole positions for the Avalanche Andretti team by smashing di Grassi’s error-strewn lap by 1.1s.

De Vries was the fastest of the quarter final losers and will line up in fifth place ahead of Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and Nick Cassidy (Envision).

Dennis’ team-mate Oliver Askew hit the wall in his quarter-final duel and drops three further places on the grid to 11th for crossing the pit exit line.

Points leader Stoffel Vandoorne failed to make the duels but so did all of his championship rivals.

The Mercedes EQ driver took 13th on the grid while his nearest rival Mitch Evans (24 points adrift) will start alongside him on the seventh row.

Jean-Eric Vergne has fallen 45 points back but he’ll start as the highest-placed of the championship top four in ninth place following Askew’s penalty.

Fellow Mercedes-powered runner Edoardo Mortara, who is third in the points, is down in 17th place.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Team Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
1 Jake Dennis Avalanche Andretti BMW i FE.21 1m13.279s 1m12.661s 1m12.649s 1m12.535s
2 Lucas Di Grassi ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m13.006s 1m12.686s 1m12.641s 1m13.619s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 1m13.327s 1m12.98s 1m12.962s
4 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 1m13.36s 1m13s 1m13.028s
5 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m13.37s 1m13.043s
6 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03 1m13.414s 1m13.197s
7 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 1m13.411s 1m13.49s
8 Oliver Askew Avalanche Andretti BMW i FE.21 1m13.473s 1m44.374s
9 Maximilian Günther Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03 1m13.497s
10 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 1m13.422s
11 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing Mahindra M8Electro 1m13.544s
12 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 1m13.507s
13 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m13.624s
14 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 1m13.511s
15 Sam Bird Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 1m13.652s
16 Daniel Ticktum NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 001 1m13.696s
17 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m13.745s
18 Robin Frijns Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 1m13.748s
19 Sérgio Sette Câmara Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 1m13.745s
20 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 001 1m13.948s
21 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 1m14.076s
22 Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing Mahindra M8Electro 1m14.729s

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