SIMS SECURES POLE POSITION FOR NEW YORK CITY E-PRIX RACE TWO
Sims secured his first-ever Formula E pole position with a superb lap to edge out Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns by just 0.095s. The BMW Andretti driver has looked on supreme form all weekend around the New York circuit, securing back-to-back superpole appearances for the first time this season.
“The car has felt really nice here all weekend. It’s very nice to be able to bring it together on both qualifying laps,” said Sims.
“I’m pleased for everyone in the team. We’ve had a fairly difficult season to be honest. Lots of ups and downs and learning lessons. It’s nice to be starting at the front for the last race.”
Frijns had previously survived a brush with the wall on his super pole lap to knock yesterday’s race winner Sebastien Buemi from provisional pole. In denying Buemi top spot, Frijns ensured the Nissan e.dams driver could no longer accrue enough points to win this season’s drivers’ championship.
Frijns was hopeful of converting his front-row grid start to a strong result after a barren run of races since winning the Paris E-Prix in April.
“We’ve been struggling for the last four races,” said Frijns. “My goal is just to finish on a high. We are starting second, so it would be nice to finish the season on the top step.”
Both Vergne and di Grassi will be nervous heading into this race after qualifying outside of the top 10. Di Grassi needs to win to keep his title hopes alive, while Vergne needs only a handful of points to secure his second FE drivers’ title.
Season three New York City E-Prix winner Sam Bird starts fourth in the second Virgin car but a costly lockup during the superpole session denied him a shot at pole position once again after suffering a similar issue yesterday.
Stoffel Vandoorne bounced back from a frustrating race one to secure fifth place on the grid for HWA, one place ahead of Daniel Abt who told E-Racing Magazine yesterday that he’s aiming for a win today to celebrate being retained by Audi for the 2019/20 season.
Rounding out the top 10 will be the second Nissan e.dams car of Oliver Rowland, yesterday’s podium finisher Mitch Evans, HWA’s Gary Paffett, who potentially lost a superpole spot after being blocked by Tom Dillmann, and Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara.
Antonio Felix da Costa was once again left frustrated by the group one track conditions and will have to settle for a 14th place grid spot after effectively being the rack sweeper as the first car out in group qualifying.
Andre Lotterer endured another difficult qualifying session, making a costly error on his timed run that means he must start to day’s race from 20th on the grid.
Alex Lynn suffered yet more bad luck after being forced to change some components on his car following yesterday’s retirement. The Jaguar driver starts from the back row after being handed a 20 place grid penalty.
Felipe Massa starts last for Venturi after going off track on his time run in group qualifying.
|11||Lucas DI GRASSI||Audi|
|13||Jose Maria LOPEZ||Dragon|
|14||Antonio Felix DA COSTA||BMW|
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