Vergne and Bird both qualified in group one, and despite having to contend with a dusty track in the opening session, the pair led the provisional standings until Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa produced an eye-catching lap in group three to split the pair and grab a place in the superpole shootout.
DS Racing’s Bird set the early pace in superpole, but Vergne, who was last to set a time in his Techeetah, pipped him by 0.277s to score his fourth pole position this season. With three points being awarded for pole position, the result means Vergne extends his title lead over Bird to 21 points.
Vergne’s teammate Andre Lotterer produced his best qualifying session in Formula E to date with third place, less than a tenth of a second behind Bird. He’ll share the second row with Maro Engel, who made it through to superpole for only the second time in his Formula E career after an impressive showing in the Venturi.
Da Costa was a surprise contender in the superpole shootout, but the Andretti driver made a mistake on his lap and had to settle for fifth place, which is only the second time he has qualified in the top five this season.
Competition was fierce for a spot in the superpole shootout with less than a tenth of a second covering sixth to tenth. After topping this morning’s second practice session, Lucas di Grassi was unable to repeat that performance and will start sixth ahead of Dragon’s Jerome d’Ambrosio who secured his best qualifying result since last season’s New York E-Prix.
Sebastien Buemi started last year’s Paris E-Prix from pole position but was unable to reproduce that form this year. The Renault e.dams driver was just 0.001s behind d’Ambrosio and will start from eighth ahead of NIO’s Oliver Turvey and the second Dragon car of José María López.
Championship contender Felix Rosenqvist, who took pole last time out in Rome, had a difficult session in the Mahindra and will start outside the top ten in 11th place.
Audi’s Daniel Abt was unhappy with his lap in group one and will start from 15th after struggling with grip in the opening session.
It was difficult session for Jaguar Racing, with Nelson Piquet not taking part in qualifying after a crash in practice, while Mitch Evans qualified fourteenth but was forced to take a ten place grid penalty due to a transmission change. Both drivers will start from the back row of the grid.
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