Jean-Eric Vergne drove a serene lap to take pole for this year’s Monaco ePrix by virtue of Oliver Rowland’s three place grid penalty – despite securing pole position on merit.
GROUP 1: Robin Frijns, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Andre Lotterer, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Lucas Di Grassi
Lotterer was the first man out on track with two minutes left on the clock. Two banker laps were the order of the day, but with the track a lot colder than in FP1, brake application would be paramount to executing a quick lap.
Da Costa would go quickest ahead of Frijns and Di Grassi, whilst D’Ambrosio would pip Lotterer after the German collected the wall on his quick lap.
GROUP 2: Sam Bird, Mitch Evans, Jean-Eric Vergne, Edoardo Mortara, Daniel Abt
Vergne was fastest through sector one and his speed aptly translated to quickest outright ahead of Mitch Evans. Sam Bird could only manage sixth, two spots ahead of Daniel Abt and Mortara.
With track evolution slightly more stoic than other circuits, most of the drivers in Group One were able to survive the threat from Group 2.
GROUP 3: Stoffel Vandoorne, Felipe Massa, Oliver Rowland, Sebastien Buemi, Alex Sims, Pascal Wehrlein.
Sims was three tenths off Vergne’s best in sector one, but would do enough to out-qualify teammate Da Costa in third.
The rest of the pack was yet to run though, with Wehrlein backing up Buemi on the warm-up lap with 40 seconds left on the clock. Massa would rocket to second ahead of Rowland – one spot ahead of teammate Sebastien Buemi in fourth. Sims would ultimately drop to seventh.
GROUP 4: Alex Lynn, Max Gunther, Jose Maria Lopez, Tom Dillmann, Oliver Turvey, Gary Paffett
Alex Lynn was the only driver anywhere near the pace to go eighth and two spots ahead of Lopez while Vandoorne finished eleventh, Gunther fourteenth, Turvey sixteenth and Paffett twentieth ahead of Dillmann.
The big news however was championship contender Andre Lotterer starting from twenty-second position, but would jump one spot with Edoardo Mortara incurring a three grid place penalty.
SUPERPOLE: Jean-Eric Vergne, Pascal Wehrlein, Felipe Massa, Sebastien Buemi, liver Rowland, Mitch Evans
Evans would put in a lap of controlled aggression to set a marker lap of 50.112 with Roland out on his warm-up lap. A quick middle sector and a slightly sloppy middle sector would put the Brit nine-hundredths of a second in front.
Buemi was up next to try to add to his tally of twelve Formula E pole positions. A wide run through turn one wouldn’t help however and would finish two-tenths off Rowland’s best. A mistake from Massa put the Brazilain in danger, but would recover to provisional third.
An oversteer moment from Wehrlein through the swimming pool may have rose the eart rate of the Mahindra crew, but the German’s time was good enough to usurp Massa.
A very tidy lap from Vergne may not have been spectacular, but having ironed out the edges from the previous five ensured the Parisian would secure pole by two-hundredths of a second.
At the time of writing, Mitch Evans would also be under investigation for a superpole infringement.
Images: DS Techeetah
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