Pascal Wehrlein secures his first Formula E pole position in Mexico

Pascal Wehrlein secured his first FIA Formula E pole position in Mexico after a fantastic lap with a time of 59.347 seconds, three-tenths quicker than Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver Lucas Di Grassi.

Championship leader Sam Bird will start at the back of the grid after a mechanical failure on his out-lap in the first group. Bird commented afterwards stating how just a point in the race later would be a “miracle.”

Antonio Felix Da Costa would finish group one quickest and would book his place in the shoot-out finishing sixth after all the groups had completed their runs.

The second group saw Alexander Sims go four-thousandths of second slower than teammate Da Costa and will line up seventh on the grid.

Wehrlein put an early stamp on things going nearly two-tenths quicker than Da Costa managed in the opening group with a 59.604.

It was Oliver Rowland, Di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi who would progress to the Super Pole shoot-out from the third group finishing first, fourth and fifth quickest respectively. Felipe Massa would go third quickest in group four and make his first Super Pole shoot-out.

The two HWA Racelab cars of Garry Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne will line up 16th and 20th respectively after struggling with oversteer on their flying laps.

Da Costa was the first driver out in the Super Pole shoot-out and set a time of a 59.819. Buemi couldn’t beat that with a time of 59.949.

Di Grassi came out third and set a blistering time of a 59.653, putting him on provisional pole.

Felipe Massa will line up third after a time of 59.695 whilst Wehrlein who finished the group stages second quickest to Rowland went three-tenths quicker than Di Grassi with a 59.347, securing him his first pole position.

Rowland will line up in fourth after a lock up at the chicane in sector three – a corner most drivers were struggling with throughout the qualifying session.

After qualifying, Wehrlein said: “That’s how you have to do it – not touching the wall but be as close as possible.

“The lap was great, I have to thank my team, the support and the car they are giving me is amazing.

“This morning, I did not feel great in the car, twice we were not in the top 10, so qualifying on pole is a great result for us.”

Super Pole shoot-out result: With thanks to Autosport

1 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 59.347s
2 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 59.653s 0.306s
3 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 59.695s 0.348s
4 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 59.808s 0.461s
5 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 59.819s 0.472s
6 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 59.949s 0.602s

 

The rest of the grid: With thanks to Autosport

7 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 59.782s
8 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 59.802s
9 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 59.935s
10 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 59.936s
11 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Jaguar 59.959s
12 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 1m00.050s
13 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 1m00.192s
14 Felipe Nasr Dragon Penske 1m00.210s
15 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 1m00.293s
16 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1m00.340s
17 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 1m00.375s
18 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m00.424s
19 Jerome d’Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 1m00.455s
20 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 1m00.844s
21 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 1m00.936s
Sam Bird Virgin Audi

Header image by Autosport

By Jordan Hollands

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