Daniel Abt has secured his second pole position in Formula E after beating his rivals in the super pole session. Some of the drivers complained about the condition of the track, among them favourites Sébastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi who could not battle for the best positions.
Both favourites Buemi and di Grassi started in the first group and both were more than a second off their practice times. “Like always it is crazy to start in the first group. There was no grip. It was a completely different track compared to this morning. It’s a disadvantage to start in group one and that counts here more than the rest of the year as it’s dirty”, Buemi said.
Di Grassi agreed: “There was no grip, I don’t understand. I was sliding everywhere and lost two or three tenths due to a mistake in the last corner. For this kind of track with a lot of dust it’s bettering being in the later group, that helps.”
Three of the five drivers in the second group where faster than Heidfeld. Oliver Turvey drove a 1:02.712 and was three tenths quicker than the German. Daniel Abt was second, in front of José María López.
In the next session it was Loïc Duval who started his flying lap first, but lost control over his Faraday Future Dragon Racing car and ended up in the barriers in the first corner. The sessions was red flagged in order that the car could be removed. When the session got underway again, only Jean-Eric Vergne drove a reasonable lap time. The Frenchman got to fourth while Nico Prost only managed a provisional eleventh, just in front of Robin Frijns.
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In the final group session none of the drivers formed a real threat, only Maro Engel pushed Heidfeld out of the top five. Therefore Turvey, Abt, Lopez, Vergne and Engel where able to battle for pole position.
Vergne was first to set a time. He drove a 1:03.045 and was complaining over the radio: “It’s like driving on ice”. Engel was next and the Venturi driver was a tenth faster than the Frenchman. López followed and seemed faster, but the driver for DS Virgin Racing came 0,027s short to grab provisional pole. Daniel Abt then drove three tenths of a second quicker than anyone else, a time that also Turvey didn’t match. Abt scored his second pole position in Formula E. Title rivals Buemi starts tenth, in front of Di Grassi who managed 18th.