Vergne extends title lead with Swiss E-Prix pole as rivals struggle
Jean-Eric Vergne will start the Swiss E-Prix from pole position and earns an extra three points for doing so to extend his championship lead over Lucas di Grassi to nine points.
None of Vergne’s title rivals made it through to superpole which provides Vergne with a golden opportunity to cement his title credentials this afternoon, with di Grassi and Antonio Felix da Costa facing an uphill task to score points from the penultimate row of the grid.
Jaguar’s Mitch Evans narrowly missed out on a second consecutive pole position Switzerland after scoring his and Jaguar’s maiden pole last year in Zurich. He’ll start one place ahead of home hero Sebastien Buemi who continues his and Nissan e.dams’ strong qualifying record this season.
Pascal Wehrlein carried his strong FP2 performance through to qualifying and will start from fourth on the grid ahead of fellow German Maxi Günther who again caught the eye for the struggling Dragon Racing team with his third superpole appearance of the season.
A costly error from Sam Bird in superpole cost him a shot at pole position, and despite setting the second quickest final sector time of all, will start today’s race from sixth on the grid.
Daniel Abt was the lead Audi in seventh, ahead of championship challengers Andre Lotterer and Robin Frijns. Alex Lynn continued his good qualifying form for Jaguar by rounding out the top 10.
Further down the grid, neither championship outsider Jerome d’Ambrosio or rookie Oliver Rowland could match the pace of their team-mates and will start the race from 11th and 13th respectively.
Alexander Sims capped off a very poor qualifying session for BMW Andretti with 17th on the grid, ahead of previous race winners Edoardo Mortara, di Grassi and fellow BMW driver Antonio Felix da Costa.
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