Daniel Abt has taken pole for this year’s Berlin ePrix at the Tempelhof circuit, despite being under investigation for a premature switch to full power on his first Group Stage qualifying lap.
Daniel Abt, Nelson Piquet Jr, Mitch Evans, Andre Lotterer and Oliver Turvey headed out in Group 1. Lotterer wiggled his way through turn 6, just craping the wall on his banker lap and possibly sustaining some damage in the process given he was 8-tenths off the pace. Daniel Abt was in the box seat however, followed by Turvey, Evans and Piquet.
Abt would be under investigation for switching to 200kW mode before the final sector. Whilst the error did not pose an advantage, the rules were clear.
“I know my lap was very good”, said Abt. “Maybe I was too fast”.
Group 2 featured Maro Engel, Nick Heidfeld, Alex Lynn, Antonio Felix da Costa and José Maria Lopez, with Lynn putting in a solid lap to go 3rd, while Evans, Lopez and Engel rounded out the top six. They were followed by Heidfeld, Piquet and Da Costa, who was left to rue a lock-up on his final lap.
Jerome d’Ambrosio, Nico Prost, Luca Filippi, Tom Dillman and Stephane Sarrazin were up next, with Prost leading the group out. A scruffy exit through turn 5 saw him already half a second off Lynn’s best and only good enough for 1gth. D’Ambrosio would fare much better, jumping to 2nd and just a tenth of Abt’. Dillman also put in a solid effort to go provisional seventh.
The final group saw heavy-hitters Jean-Eric Vergne, Sam Bird, Felix Rosenqvist, Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi.
Buemi negotiated himself a gap over the field, but Di Grassi had already gone quickest, taking P1 by a tenth over Vergne. Rosenqvist, Buemi and Bird could only times good enough for P6, P7 and P10 respectively.
Aiming for his second career pole, Turvey locked-up going into turn 6, but put together a very solid lap to record a 1:09.7 to give himself a good chance. D’Ambrosio was up next and some understeer through turn 1 compromised his run by having to back off. A 1:10.054 was a good result considering.
Starting his run, Abt was 3-tenths up through the first two sectors to go fastest overall by 2-tenths. Vergne knew exactly what he had to do, but was 4-tenths down through the first two sectors and making his frustrations known over the radio. His time of 1:09.99 was ultimately good enough for third.
That just left Di Grassi, who ran within millimetres of the turn three exit, only to understeer through turn 9 and throw the lap away and finish 5th, handing pole to team-mate Daniel Abt.
“It was tough being in quali group 1, but it was the best lap I ever did”, said Abt.
The Berlin ePrix starts 6pm Berlin local time.
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