Wehrlein takes Mexico City pole

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Wehrlein takes Mexico City pole

Formula E

Wehrlein takes Mexico City pole


Series rookie Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing) claimed Super Pole honors for this afternoon’s Mexico City E-Prix, Round 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The Formula E newbie will have a veteran alongside him for the start after Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi took second, while Venturi’s Felipe Massa will start behind him in third. Fourth place on the grid goes to Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland, who made his debut in the Super Pole shootout and outqualified his teammate Sebastien Buemi, who starts the race in sixth, behind BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix da Costa.

Just missing out on Super Pole was BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Alex Sims, who will start the race in seventh. Reigning series champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) starts eighth — the Frenchman is yet to make it into the top three in the 2018/19 season. Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara will start the race in ninth.

After suffering a broken axle in Practice 2, NIO’s Oliver Turvey failed to make it into Super Pole despite taking pole here last season. The British driver will start the race in 10th, with Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Nelson Piquet Jr., DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer and NIO’s Tom Dillmann in 13th.

New to Formula E and Dragon Geox, Felipe Nasr put in a solid performance in qualifying which put him in 14th for the race. Directly behind him will be his teammate Jose-Maria Lopez.

Both HWA Racelab drivers — Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffet — failed to make an impression in qualifying. Paffet will start the race in 16th ahead of his teammate in 20th. Between them is Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns who will start in 17th.

For Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans, a slide into Turn 1 and a bad move around the last chicane cost him time, leaving him in 18th for the start of the race. Behind Evans will be Mahindra Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio.

Last year’s winner in Mexico City, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt had a miserable qualifying session. The German driver will start the race in 21st.

Even worse off was championship leader Sam Bird. The British driver’s Envision Virgin Racing entry stopped on course in the opening moments of qualifying, and will have to start at the back of the grid.