Audi’s Lucas di Grassi fortunes finally turned in Punta Del Este after he qualified on pole position for this afternoon’s race.
Alex Lynn will line up in second and Mitch Evans in third. However, di Grassi and Lynn are under investigation for striking an orange bollard on their flying laps, which could give them a grid drop for a track limits infringement.
Lynn, who finished 0.241 seconds behind the reigning champion, broke his front wing in the process of hitting the bollard during his flying lap.
Mitch Evans qualified third. The Kiwi struck the wall on the exit of the double left-hander at the end of the circuit’s first sector and lost y 0.6s to di Grassi as he damaged his right-front wheel in the incident.
But the Jaguar driver did not touch the bollard at the chicane and stands to benefit if the drivers above him are punished.
Oliver Turvey qualified fourth for NIO but is also under investigation for the same infraction as di Grassi and Lynn.
Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne topped the group qualifying session but abandoned his superpole lap after striking the wall at the first chicane. His nearest rival Felix Rosenqvist will start in 14th place.