A sensational Super Pole qualifying lap by Renault eDams driver Sebastien Buemi put a damper on Techeetah FE’s hopes of a 1-2 front row lockout for Race 2 of the New York ePrix.

 

Buemi was the only driver in the qualifying session to lap in the sub 1:18s with a 1:17.973, 0.040s faster than Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer in second and 0.058s adrift of newly crowned driver champion Jean-Eric Vergne in third.

 

Speaking after the session, Buemi was elated at going two for two in pole positions for the New York double header, and hopes that this new-found pace will carry forward to the race.  

 

“I can’t really believe it!” exclaimed Buemi. “Hopefully we will have a bit more pace in the race.”

 

“I am quite happy. You can always argue you could have done better. Today worked out well.”

 

Buemi’s teammate, Nico Prost, was not able to capitalize on the drying conditions that favoured drivers in later groups and managed to qualify in 16th.

 

Inclement weather conditions made for a tricky session, with standing water from the overnight downpour and the constant threat of rain looming over the Brooklyn skies.   

 

The ever changing circuit conditions made life especially hard for the Group 1 qualifiers. Venturi GP’s Tom Dillmann, who was first out in the group, made a mistake going straight into Turn 1. He could manage no better than 14th.

 

Team NIO’s Ma Qing Hua, who was deputizing for the injured Oliver Turvey, had a difficult qualifying, brushing the the wall and bending the right rear suspension of his car. 

 

Saturday’s race winner Lucas di Grassi went wide and brushed the TecPro barriers in the first sector during his Super Pole qualifying lap. The Audi driver decided to err on the side of caution and cruised back to the pits. He will start the race from fifth position.

 

Mechanical gremlins continued to plague the MS / AD Andretti FE team. Antonio Felix da Costa was unable to complete a qualifying lap due to a gearbox issue.

 

The issue first surfaced during morning free practice but the team was unable to diagnose the problem. Da Costa reported a complete loss of power during the 

 

Shortly after Super Pole qualifying, the New York ePrix was forced to evacuate following threat of thunderstorms and lightning in the Red Hook area where the circuit is located. However, the threat soon subsided and the race is slated to go ahead as planned at 3:04pm ET.