Sébastien Buemi has scored pole for the Monaco ePrix. The Renault e.dams driver survived qualifying after competing in the first group and in super pole his time was not bettered by strong looking rivals.
When Buemi kicked off qualifying in group 1, he set the benchmark at 53.413s. He was half a second quicker than Loïc Duval, who needed to go around Buemi on his fastest lap. Mitch Evans, Oliver Turvey and Antonio Felix da Costa didn’t manage to set a competitive lap time.
Who also failed to impress was Nico Prost. The team mate of Buemi made many small mistakes and was 1.6 seconds off the pace. He was ranked ninth after two sessions, drove a worse lap than Adam Carroll who brushed the wall. Nick Heidfeld set a lap of 53.687 and was less than three tenths slower than Buemi, while Esteban Gutierrez drove a preliminary fourth time.
Lucas di Grassi was up next, putting a lap at the timesheets that was a tenth slower than Buemi. But shortly after that, Maro Engel set the best lap so far, bettering Buemi’s time with 0.016 sec. “It was an OK lap, it’s very hard to get everything out of the car, but I’m happy with my lap. There is a bit less grip, but not only that, it’s about warming up the tyres in the right way and making no mistakes,” di Grassi said.
Jean-Eric Vergne bettered Engel’s time with a tenth and became the fastest man in the group sessions. Also Nelson Piquet Jr managed to get into the top five and therefore secured a spot in the super pole session. José María López and Felix Rosenqvist came a tenth short to continue.
First up in the super pole was Lucas di Grassi who brushed the wall entering the straight and set the benchmark at 53.550 sec. While Piquet jr. came less than a tenth short to di Grassi, Buemi was more than two tenths quicker. Engel and Vergne launched their attacks but failed to improve.
Buemi scored his first pole since London last year and will share the front row with rival di Grassi.
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