Vergne on Pole in Hong Kong

Jean-Eric Vergne will start from pole position for the first round of the season four championship. The top three were covered by only 0.029 of a second which will set up a nail-biting race. 

Sebastien Buemi will start from ninth place after going out in the first group and Lucas di Grassi will start from sixth place after being knocked out of Super Pole by his teammate Daniel Abt.

Kamui Kobayashi managed a respectable 13th place on his first qualifying session in Formula E. Mitch Evans will start from last after running out of time to set his flying lap in qualifying.

Nicolas Prost will start from 18th after he crashed out during group four causing a red flag.

Group 1

Alex, Lynn, Andre Lotterer, Sebastien Buemi, Edoardo Montara and Maro Engel where the first out in qualifying. All the drivers conducted a 180kW lap before pushing on their qualifying runs.

It was Buemi who ended the session fastest, but Lynn made an error, which hurt Montara’s lap, and then the Swiss driver hit the wall. and will start from the back of the grid after a promising day in practice.

Group 2

The second group saw Kamui Kobayashi, Sam Bird, Mitch Evans, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Luca Filippi. After they completed their warm-up laps, it was Bird who went quickest with Da Costa moving up to second, dropping Buemi to third in the timings

Kobayashi managed to a lap time that moved him to P5, after group 2, but he will start the race from

Evans failed to reach the flag before he could start his qualifying lap which cost him the chance to fight for Super Pole.

Group 3 

The third group saw Nelson Piquet Jr, Felix Rosenqvist, Neel Jani, Nick Heidfeld and Jean-Eric Vergne. After their warm-up laps, it was Heidfeld who was fastest and went into P2. Vergne and Rosenqvist also joined Heidfeld in the top five.

Group 4

Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Nicolas Prost and Oliver Turvey where the last drivers to venture onto the track in the group stages.

The first run was brought to a halt as Prost hit the wall and brought out a red flag with three minutes remaining in the session.

The other driver were allowed to restart there flying lap. Once they were completed it was Abt who pushed di Grassi out of Super Pole and finished the session in fifth and di Grassi in sixth. Turvey finished his lap in seventh.

Super Pole

Super Pole saw Abt, Rosenqvist, Vergne, Heidfeld and Bird battle it out for pole position.

Abt was out first, the German driver set a competitive lap and will start the race from fourth place.

Rosenqvist was next out, the Swede locked up at turn one and throw away his qualifying lap. Rosenqvist will start from fifth place.

Vergne took to the track next. The Frenchman set a stunning lap to go P1 but spun after he passed the timing line

Heidfeld was next out, the German matched Vergne’s lap times, but just missed out by 0.029 from taking provisional pole.

Finally, Bird took the track. The Englishman drove a great lap, but it was not enough to take pole away from Vergne and will start second.

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