Formula E

Vergne snatches Sunday Berlin pole from da Costa

Aug 9 2020
By Lucy Morson

Defending Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne will start the fourth Berlin E-Prix from pole position, as DS Techeetah locked out the front row in qualifying.

Vergne set a phenomenal time of 1m06.107s to pip his team-mate and title favourite Antonio Felix da Costa by just a tenth of a second and claim his 12th career pole overall.

Da Costa set an impressive lap as the first driver out in superpole – but it couldn’t quite match the pace of the sister DS Techeetah after Vergne set the time to beat in the first phase of qualifying and attempts to claw his way back into championship contention.

Nissan’s Oliver Rowland will start from third, having set an identical time to Vergne in the earlier qualifying, and will line-up ahead of his team-mate Sebastien Buemi – whose record of most career Formula E poles is one away from being eclipsed by two-time champion Vergne.

Nyck de Vries is set to start the race from fifth after a lock-up on the entrance to turn six spoiled his superpole attempt.

Felipe Massa was a surprise addition to superpole for ROKiT Venturi after a disappointing showing so far at Tempelhof and will start from sixth.

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Mahindra’s Alex Lynn just missed out on a spot in superpole by three-hundredths of a second and will start from seventh on the grid.

Reigning DTM champion and Audi driver Rene Rast will line up behind him in eighth – setting a lap just a quarter of a second off the initial pole time set by Vergne in group one.

Rast will start ahead of Lynn’s team-mate Jerome d’Ambrosio in ninth, with Envision Virgin’s Robin Frijns completing the top 10.

Saturday’s race winner Maximilian Guenther was a high-profile casualty of the session and failed to make superpole after a scruffy lap in his group one qualifying slot.

He will line-up to take the start from 21st position on the grid, just behind the Mercedes of Stoffel Vandoorne.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Team Car Group 1 Group 2
1 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE20 1m06.484s 1m06.107s
2 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE20 1m06.708s 1m06.247s
3 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 1m06.484s 1m06.552s
4 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 1m06.7s 1m06.564s
5 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m06.575s 1m06.597s
6 Felipe Massa ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m06.674s 1m06.777s
7 Alex Lynn Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro 1m06.741s
8 René Rast Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 1m06.754s
9 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro 1m06.778s
10 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 1m06.818s
11 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV 1m06.859s
12 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 1m06.866s
13 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m06.87s
14 James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV 1m06.904s
15 Nico Müller Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 1m06.94s
16 Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 1m06.951s
17 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 1m06.953s
18 Andre Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric 1m07.036s
19 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 1m07.038s
20 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m07.064s
21 Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 1m07.103s
22 Neel Jani TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric 1m07.119s
23 Daniel Abt NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 1m07.351s
24 Sérgio Sette Câmara Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 1m07.492s
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