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Oliver Rowland on pole in Diriyah

Oliver Rowland, Nissan Formula E Team

Oliver Rowland will start on pole position for Saturday’s Diriyah E-Prix after a dominant display from the Nissan driver. 

The British driver set a 1:10.055 which no one could get close to, as Robin Frijns could only manage a 1:10.329 to qualify in second.

However, the main story of qualifying was a red flag in Group B caused by Sebastien Buemi, which stopped everyone apart from Nick Cassidy from setting their final lap in qualifying.

Buemi was the last driver to have started his flying lap, but the Envision Racing driver locked the rears into Turn 1, after missing his braking zone causing him to damage his right-side suspension.

The red flag meant that yesterday’s race winner Jake Dennis missed out on the duels, and he said that his car was “the worst Formula E car he has driven.” The reigning champion will start from 15th.

Also, in Group A, the big talking point was Mitch Evans and Pascal Wehrlein missed it on the duels. Evans will be wondering what happened to his car after Cassidy will be starting in third. The Kiwi will be starting from 14th.

Porsche has struggled all morning, Wehrelin will be fairly pleased that he will start in 10th considering both Dennis and Evans will start behind him.

However, Da Costa will be scratching his head as to what went wrong, as he was the slowest driver in Group A and will start 22nd.

Cassidy was unlucky to start third, as he set a 1:10.395 which was a tenth quicker than what Frijns winning time was in the semi-final.

Stoffel Vandoorne will start from fourth place, after he lost out to Frijns in the semi-final stage.

Jehan Daruvala will start in fifth after he set a 1.10.786. The Indian driver benefitted from the red flag being thrown in Group B to make it to the duels, but he put in the fastest time of the drivers who were eliminated in the quarter-final stage.

Jake Hughes will start in sixth for McLaren after he was beaten by Cassidy. The Brit set a 1:10.994.

Sacha Fenestraz will line up in seventh. The Nissan driver made an error at Turn 1 which cost him a chance of progressing into the semi-finals.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who finished second in yesterday’s race, will start eighth after being the slowest of the drivers being eliminated in the quarter-final.

Sergio Sette Camara will start in 9th after another impressive performance from the ERT driver. Wehrlen will start tenth ahead of Sebastien Buemi.

Maximilian Gunther will start in 12th for Maserati. The German driver will start ahead of Sam Bird who felt his lap was good enough to make the duels if there was no red flag.

Evans will start in 14th ahead of Dennis in 15th. Dan Ticktum will start from 16th in the second ERT car.

Nico Muller will start from 17th for ABT Cupra ahead of Nyck De Vries for Mahindra Racing. Edoardo Mortara will start in 19th ahead of Andretti’s Norman Nato.

Lucas Di Grassi will start in 21st and Da Costa will start 22nd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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