Di Grassi claims his first ever Formula E pole

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Lucas Di Grassi claims his first ever pole position in Formula E at Buenos Aires after a caotic qualifying session. 

Championship leader Sebastien Buemi will start third, with Jean-Eric Vergne in second. A number of drivers also found the wall in qualifying with Antonio Felix Da Costa, Ma Qing Hua and Daniel Abt all hitting the wall.

The first qualifying group saw Sam Bird, Robin Frijns, Maro Engel and both Jaguar drivers. All the drivers completed their first lap on a 170kW before moving onto their 200kW laps.

Mitch Evans in the Jaguar ended the first session fastest in front of Sam Bird who had a scruffy lap, as the Brit slightly hit the wall at turn ten on his flying lap.

Maro Engel stopped on track on his 200kW lap and will start the race from the back of the field.

The second group saw Nelson Piqut Jr, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Buemi, Di Grassi, and Vergne.

Once they completed their warm-up laps, it was Vergne who ended the session fastest, with Buemi three-tenths behind. Di Grassi ended the group third fastest with Piquet qualifying in fourth place.

The third group contained Stephane Sarrazin, Loic Duval, Felix Rosenqvist, Da Costa and Jose Maria Lopez.

Da Costa stopped on his warm up lap, but was able to get going, which meant he only had one lap on 200Kw compared to the others who had two chances.

Lopez was on course to beat Vergne’s lap time, but the home favourite hit the wall at turn seven which destroyed his lap and the rear of the car.

The red flag was brought out which gave Da Costa another chance to complete his flying lap. However, Da Costa hit the wall on his flying lap and will start from the back.

The final group saw Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld, Ma Qing Hua, Abt and Oliver Turvey.

O Turvey moved into P4 after his run, and Prost could only manage P6 on his quick run, Abt hit the wall on his flying lap and qualified 16th. Ma Qing Hua also ended in the wall and will start in 19th.

Super pole saw Piquet Jr, Turvey, Di Grassi, Buemi and Vergne fight out for pole position and three championship points.

Piquet Jr was the first driver out in Super Pole; the Brazilian got off to a poor start as he locked up at turn one and then drifted his way through turn ten and his lap time was 1:11:274.

Turvey was next out in Super Pole, and the Brit pushed hard but also locked up at the dusty turn seven and lost around seven-tenths on his personal best. The NEXTEV driver went a second faster than his teammate with a 1:10:075.

Di Grassi had a very tidy lap with no mistakes, which gave the Audi Sport ABT driver provisional pole with a 1:09:404.

Buemi lost half a second in the first sector after locking up at turn ten, and the Swiss driver could not make up the time back and qualified second behind Di Grassi.

Vergne was the last driver to set his lap time in Super Pole. The Frenchmen lit up the timing screens in purple in sector one and two but lost two-tenths in the final sector which gave Di Grassi pole position.

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