Vergne extends championship lead with pole in Bern


Jean-Eric Vergne has extended his lead in the championship to nine points ahead of Lucas Di Grassi after claiming pole position in Bern. 

Vergne’s day could be even better as his championship rivals will start a long way down the order, as Antonio Felix Da Costa and Lucas Di Grassi will have a mountain to climb to keep their championship hopes alive as they will start from 20th and 19th.

With the championship leader Vergne starting from pole Da Costa and Di Grassi will have to try and salvage some points to stand a chance of competing for the title in the final two races of the season in New York.

Mitch Evans will start alongside Vergne on the front-row. The Kiwi was fastest in the group qualifying round but was unable to convert that into pole position and ended up three-tenths off Vergne’s 1:18.813.

Sebastien Buemi in his home race will start from third place in front of Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein in fourth.

Maxi Gunther continued Dragon’s strong form into qualifying and will start the race in fifth place in front of Sam Bird who made a mistake in the second sector which condemned him to sixth place on the grid.

Daniel Abt will start seventh for Audi as the German driver set a 1:19.554.  Andre Lotterer will be looking to catch Vergne in the race from eighth place to keep his championship hopes alive.

Robin Frijns will also be looking to move up the field to catch up to Vergne and take advantage of Da Costa and Di Grassi starting at the back of the grid to keep his championship hopes alive.

Alex Lynn rounded out the top ten for Jaguar Racing. Jerome D’Ambrosio will start 11th for Mahindra in front of Felipe Massa and Oliver Rowland.

Lopez will start 14th ahead of Stoffel Vandoorner who would have hoped for a better qualifying after being in the top ten in both practice sessions.

The race will start at 6 pm local time

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