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Mortara on pole as identical time rule prompts Vergne fury

May 14 2022
By Josh Suttill

Edoardo Mortara earned his maiden Formula E pole position after defeating Alexander Sims in qualifying for the first race of the Berlin E-Prix double-header.

The Venturi driver was slower than Mahindra’s Sims, who is so far point-less in 2022, in the first two sectors but pulled the time back in sector three to take pole on a 1m06.093s.

He admitted he was “quite surprised” to take the three bonus points, having run wide at Turn 1.

Incredibly, Sims set an identical time to Jean-Eric Vergne in their semi-final duel, and the Mahindra driver was given the win as he completed his lap first – as per Article 35.2 (d) of the sporting regulations: “Should two or more drivers have identical times, priority will be given to the one who set it first.”

Vergne, who is second in the championship, was unimpressed by the rule, saying he “very pissed off, this is the stupidest rule I’ve ever seen in my life,” after qualifying.

“I’m faster than him in the qualifying [stage] before, and the guy goes in front of me because he was slower than me on the run before, I think they need to change the rule.

“But anyway, it’s too late now, probably never going to happen again to be on the same thousandth, but it’s stupid.”

Vergne’s DS Techeetah team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa was also eliminated in the semi-final as he lost out to Mortara.

Porsche’s Andre Lotterer was the fastest of the quarter-final losers so he’ll line-up in fifth place ahead of his team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.

Sergio Sette Camara delivered a stunning group stage lap to deliver his and Dragon Penske’s maiden duel appearance. He’ll start seventh ahead of the championship-leading Mercedes EQ of Stoffel Vandoorne.

Nissan e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi was also on course to qualify for the duels as he set the fourth-quickest time in the second group.

But while he avoided a penalty for allegedly blocking Robin Frijns, Buemi was stripped of his fastest time because he didn’t spend the minimum amount of time in the pitlane during the first phase of qualifying.

He’s now set to start 10th behind Mitch Evans, who has won two of the last three races for Jaguar. Defending champion Nyck de Vries will start from 12th.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Team Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
1 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m06.9s 1m05.954s 1m05.914s 1m06.093s
2 Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing Mahindra M8Electro 1m07.243s 1m05.939s 1m06.05s 1m06.23s
3 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 1m06.739s 1m06.064s 1m05.999s
4 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 1m06.908s 1m05.893s 1m06.05s
5 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 1m06.767s 1m05.962s
6 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 1m06.532s 1m06.157s
7 Sérgio Sette Câmara Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 1m06.913s 1m06.299s
8 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m06.803s 1m06.302s
9 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03 1m06.933s
10 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 1m07.027s
11 Jake Dennis Avalanche Andretti BMW i FE.21 1m07.034s
12 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m07.333s
13 Lucas Di Grassi ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m07.132s
14 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 001 1m07.229s
15 Sam Bird Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 1m07.415s
16 Maximilian Günther Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03 1m07.268s
17 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing Mahindra M8Electro 1m07.358s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 1m07.477s
19 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 1m07.305s
20 Robin Frijns Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 1m07.65s
21 Daniel Ticktum NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 001 1m07.672s
22 Oliver Askew Avalanche Andretti BMW i FE.21 1m07.714s

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