Vergne on pole in Santiago


Jean-Eric Vergne will start the Santiago ePrix from pole position ahead of  Sebastien Buemi. Meanwhile, championship leader Felix Rosenqvust could only manage 14th fastest.  

Vergne managed to replicate his lap from the group stages, which was good enough to beat Buemi by two-tenths of a second in Super Pole.

Andre Lotterer surprised the paddock in the group stages as he ended the first stage of qualifying fastest by a quarter of a second, but the German hit the wall and broke his front wing at turn one and will start from third on the grid.

Lucas Di Grassi qualified in third for the ePrix but will start in 13th after a ten-place grid penalty for changing his inverter.

Sam Bird will start fourth after Di Grassi’s penalty. The Brit spun on his Super Pole lap at turn six which caused a red flag.

Surprisingly both Mahindra drivers missed out on Super Pole with championship leader Felix Rosenqvist starting 14th  and Nick Heidfeld right behind the Swedish driver in 15th.

Nelson Piquet Jr will line up on the third row in fifth for Jaguar Racing after a strong lap from the Brazilian. Alex Lynn will line up alongside Piquet Jr from sixth.

Oliver Turvey put in an impressive lap to finish in seventh and Nicolas Prost, Jose Maria Lopez and Daniel Abt rounded off the top ten.

Edorado Mortara who is considered a street circuit specialist made an error on his qualifying lap which cost the Swiss driver a second. The Venturi driver was heading for the top five but locked up into the hairpin and will start the race from 17th.

Mitch Evans will start from the back of the grid after the Kiwi went straight on at turn three. The Jaguar Racing driver had been in the top five all morning, but locked up on his qualifying lap and will have it all to do in the race.

There were also issues for rookies Tom Blomqvist and Luca Filippi who hit the walls on their flying laps and will start from 18th and 19th.

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