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Underdogs vs Mercedes in London Formula E qualifying

Jul 30 2022

Andretti driver Jake Dennis took a home pole for Formula E’s London opener, defeating championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne in the final duel.

The result is Andretti’s first pole since the end of its factory BMW partnership, and Dennis’s second in FE after Valencia last April.

But Vandoorne is in by far the best shape of the championship contenders. The Mercedes driver – who leads the standings by 11 points with four races to go – had a serene run through qualifying to reach the front row, while title rivals Edoardo Mortara, Jean-Eric Vergne and Mitch Evans are down in ninth, 13th and 14th respectively.

While Evans could rue being held up by Lucas di Grassi (who was penalised but vehemently disputed it) and then locking up at Turn 1 in group qualifying, Mortara and Vergne just didn’t have enough pace to progress.

Mercedes and Andretti’s strong sessions were completed by Nyck de Vries qualifying third and rookie Oliver Askew an FE best fifth.

But perhaps the biggest star of qualifying was Sergio Sette Camara. Driving for the Dragon Penske team that’s still to score a single point this season, he was second quickest to Vandoorne in his group session and made it to fourth on the grid, having also been fastest in Friday practice.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Team Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
1 Jake Dennis Avalanche Andretti BMW i FE.21 1m13.846s 1m13.225s 1m13.005s 1m13.161s
2 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m13.796s 1m13.528s 1m13.131s 1m13.298s
3 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m14.004s 1m13.457s 1m13.314s
4 Sérgio Sette Câmara Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 1m14.023s 1m13.33s 1m13.474s
5 Oliver Askew Avalanche Andretti BMW i FE.21 1m14.27s 1m13.688s
6 Maximilian Günther Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03 1m14.252s 1m13.78s
7 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 1m14.123s 1m13.852s
8 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 1m14.297s 1m13.917s
9 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m14.328s
10 Robin Frijns Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 1m14.278s
11 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 1m14.336s
12 Sam Bird Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 1m14.431s
13 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 1m14.363s
14 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 1m14.511s
15 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03 1m14.383s
16 Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing Mahindra M8Electro 1m14.591s
17 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing Mahindra M8Electro 1m14.448s
18 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 1m14.602s
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 1m14.816s
20 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 001 1m14.94s
21 Daniel Ticktum NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 001 1m15.2s
22 Lucas Di Grassi ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 1m14.234s

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