Di Grassi takes pole in Santiago

Di Grassi

Lucas Di Grassi takes pole position for the Santiago ePrix after a crazy qualifying session that saw track conditions play a huge role in the outcome of the session. 

However, the Audi driver is under investigation for a brake infringement, which could see Di Grassi lose his pole position.

Track conditions played a huge part in qualifying as the championship leaders were out in group 1 and got the worst of the track conditions, as a large amount of dust covered the track between the final free practice session and the start of qualifying.

Therefore, the championship leaders who were out in group 1 struggled to put a lap together which meant they all missed out on the chance of Super Pole.

Championship leader Jerome D’Ambrosio was slowest in the opening group of qualifying, which proved costly as he will start from 21st.

Reigning champion, Jean-Eric Vergne will start from 13th place, with Antonio Felix Da Costa starting in 18th. Andre Lotterer will start from a 15th with Alexander Sims in 9th place and Robin Frijns ended qualifying in 16th.

It seemed the later you went out the better your chances of making Super Pole, Pascal Wehrlein and Stoffel Vandoorne made it through from group 4. Daniel Abt made it through from group 3. Di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi and Sam Bird made it through from group 2.

Di Grassi put in a stellar lap in Super Pole to take pole position by over half a second from Buemi who secured Nissan’s best qualifying position in their first three races.

Wehrlein, who was quickest in the group qualifying session, could only manage third on his Super Pole lap, with Abt taking fourth place.

Vandoorne ended Super Pole fifth-fastest which is the best qualifying position for the HWA team. However, Vandoorne left the pit lane when the red light was showing, after missing his window to leave the pits for Super Pole. The Belgian may be set for a post-qualifying penalty.

Bird made a mistake on his lap and will start from sixth place.

Edoardo Mortara just missed out on Super Pole after being in group four and will start from seventh with Max Gunther who drove a blistering lap to start from eighth place.

Sims will start ninth with Felipe Massa rounding out the top ten in his Venturi.

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