Daniel Abt on Pole in a Crazy Mexico Qualifying

Daniel Abt takes a surprising pole position at the Mexican ePrix, as his teammate Lucas Di Grassi will start from 18th. Championship leader Sebastien Buemi will start the race from tenth place.

Oliver Turvey will start from second on the grid. Maro Engel qualified third for Venturi but will take a ten place grid penalty for a gearbox change and will start 13th.

Therefore, Jose Maria Lopez will start in third place with Jean-Eric Vergne starting in fourth.

Group 1

Sam Bird, Buemi, Di Grassi, Mitch Evans and Nick Heidfeld were the first drivers out in qualifying. Once they had completed their 170kW lap, it was Nick Heidfeld who ended the session fastest and left the paddock in shock.

Buemi ended the session third fastest and Di Grassi in fifth. Mitch Evans out qualified Di Grassi and Bird finished the session in second.

Di Grassi and Buemi were left in danger of being knocked out of super pole with three groups remaining.

Group 2 

Stephane Sarrazin, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Jose Maria Lopez, Daniel Abt and Oliver Turvey took part in the second group.

Once they had completed their warm-up laps, it was Oliver Turvey who jumped to provisional pole with Daniel Abt moving into second fastest.

Both Di Grassi and Buemi were knocked out of Super Pole after the second group with Di Grassi being the slowest of the ten runners so far.

Group 3 

Nelson Piquet Jr, Loic Duval, Nicolas Prost, Vergne and Robin Frijns were in the third group. Duval hit the wall at turn one and caused a red flag. The Frenchman will start the race from last.

Once the session went green, it was Vergne who was fastest in the group, but the Frenchmen could only go fourth. Prost only managed 11th, and Piquet Jr qualified in 14th.

Group 4 

Engel, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Felix Rosenqvist, Esteban Gutierrez and Adam Carroll took part in the final group.

The main story from group four was  Engel who moved into fourth place and into Super Pole. Guiterrez qualified in 13th on his debut.

Di Grassi will start the race from 18th after qualifying with Buemi starting in 10th place for the Mexican ePrix.

Super Pole 

Vergne was the first driver out in Super Pole. The Frenchman’s lap was very aggressive on his lap and posted a respectable 1:03:202.

Maro Engel’s first appearance in Super Pole and it was a spectacular one, as he out-qualified Vergne by a tenth of a second.

Next out was Jose Maria Lopez. The Argentine moved into second place 0.027 seconds behind Engel.

Abt was the next driver out. The German smashed Engel’s lap time by three-tenths of a second to go into provisional pole.

Turvey was the last driver to go out in Super Pole. The Brit was a tenth down in the first two sectors, but couldn’t find the tenth he needed and will start the race from second place.

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