Sam Bird has secured his second pole position in a row after dominating the Paris ePrix qualifying session. Lucas Di Grassi will start from second and Jean-Eric Vergne will start from third.
The two Ds Virgin Racing drivers finished the first stage of qualifying first and second with Buemi failing to make it into Super Pole. The Swiss driver will start the race from eighth place.
In the first group of qualifying, we saw both Venturi drivers, Loic Duval, Sebastien Buemi and Nick Heidfeld.
Loic Duval went straight on at turn eight on his warm up lap, but on the 200kW Nick Heidfeld got out of shape on the entry for turn 12, and edged forward and collected Mike Conway, which took them both out of qualifying.
The rest of the field had only one minute 49 seconds to secure a lap time that would be quick enough for Super Pole. Stephane Sarrazin led the way after the first session with Buemi only managing second, but he was half a second off the Venturi driver.
In the second group, we saw Championship Leader Lucas Di Grassi and current Champion Nelson Piquet Jr take to the track alongside Daniel Abt, Robin Frijns, and Jean-Eric Vergne.
It was Vergne who put in the fastest lap of the session to go P1. Di Grassi could only manage third fastest with Frijns finishing in fourth.
The third group saw, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Nicolas Prost, Bruno Senna, Simona De Silvestro and Oliver Turvey.
Once they had completed their 170kW laps, it was Prost who ended the group quickest, but it was only good enough for fourth fastest. Turvey out qualified Buemi and moved into sixth place. D’Ambrosio will be disappointed with his qualifying as he could only move up to ninth with three drivers still to go.
The final group saw Sam Bird, Antonio Felix Da Costa, and Ma Qinghua. Once they had completed their warm up laps it was Bird who went straight to the top of the timesheets; Da Costa could only manage 1oth and Ma was 15th.
The Ds Virgin Racing cars will hope they can continue their strong pace in Super Pole as they are joined by Sarrazin, Di Grassi, and Prost.
Prost was the first person out in Super Pole, and he managed 1:02:709, which didn’t put the Frenchmen on course to starting his home race from pole position.
Di Grassi was next out, the Brazilian had an incredible lap and posted a 1:01:932, which put the championship leader into contention for pole.
Sarrazin was next out on the track, and he managed a 1:02:55o, which moved him into second, but both Ds Virgin Racing cars were still to come.
Vergne was next on track, and he managed to post a time of 1:01:993 to go second fastest. The Frenchmen was 0.061 seconds slower than Di Grassi’s time.
Bird was the final man to take to the circuit, and he was able to smash Di Grassi’s time out of the park by going three-tenths faster than the Brazilian to start the Paris ePrix on pole.