Sebastien Buemi claimed pole position for Saturday’s London ePrix race, as he took the championship fight to main rivals Nelson Piquet JR and Lucas di Grassi.
The e.dams driver hooked up a stunning lap of 1m25.003 to go fastest by four tenths of a second, and take with it three points to reduce his gap to Piquet to 20 points in the title fight.
Buemi will share the front row of the grid with Jerome D’Ambrosio, who put in a late charge in the final session to go second fastest and split the championship protagonists.
Di Grassi sits second in the championship and had set the early benchmark on a 1m25.105s to top the opening session, but will start the weekend’s opening race from third.
Championship leader Piquet only managed fourth, meaning that the top three in the drivers’ standings are in reverse position for the race.
Jean-Eric Vergne was left to rue a mistake on his first run in Q2, which meant that the Andretti driver would have to settle with fifth ahead of Nico Prost. While Oliver Turvey, making his Formula E debut for NEXTEV TCR, impressed with a quick lap to start from seventh.
Sam Bird had been running as high as third quickest, but saw his championship hopes end as he finished P9 behind Bruno Senna, as his Virgin team-mate and debutant Fabio Leimer locked up and crashed towards the end of Q1.
Mahindra’s Karun Chandhok was on the limit in the third session and narrowly avoided the wall at Turn 3, before he pushed too hard and slammed into the barrier on the exit of the final chicane.
Full results to follow.