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.
|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|