Abt on Pole, but under investigation in Berlin


Daniel Abt claims pole position for his home race in Berlin but has to survive a pending investigation from the stewards before he knows if he can start from the front.

Abt broke Article 33.1 in the group qualifying session when he switched his car into the 200kW in sector two, rather than in the final sector when you are permitted to switch the car into its qualifying mode.

Oliver Turvey will start from second place, proving that the NIO has great one lap pace, but questions will remain if they have the race efficiency to maintain that second place in the race.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne will start from third on the grid and will aim to just finish ahead of his championship rivals Felix Rosenqvist and Sam Bird who start 6th and 10th.

Jerome D’Ambrosio will start fourth for Dragon ahead of Lucas Di Grassi who made a mistake at the Turn 9 hairpin which condemned him to fifth on the grid.

Rosenqvist just missed out on super-pole and will start the race from sixth on the grid just in front Sebastien Buemi who will start in seventh.

Alex Lynn qualified eighth quickest ahead of his teammate Bird who will start the race in tenth place. Mitch Evans splits the two DS Virgin Racing cars will start from ninth place.

Both newcomers out-qualified their teammates in qualifying. Tom Dillmann in the Venturi ended the session in 12th fastest, one place ahead of Maro Engel

Stephane Sarrazin ended in 16th place one place ahead of Antonio Felix Da Costa who qualified in 17th.

Andre Lotterer, who has a ten-place grid penalty could only manage 18th fastest and will likely take time penalty in the race for failing to move back ten-paces on the grid.

Renault’s Nicolas Prost season gets worse after qualifying last in group qualifying in arguably the best powertrain on the grid.

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