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Buemi Claims Saturday Pole in New York City

Sebastien Buemi storms to pole for Saturday’s New York City E-Prix…

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Sebastien Buemi has stormed to pole for Saturday’s New York City E-Prix, putting Nissan e.dams on top for the penultimate round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

The Swiss driver captured his third pole of season, having recorded a 1:10.118 lap time in his No. 23 Nissan IM01 during a heat-affected Super Pole session on the Brooklyn Street Circuit.

Buemi outpaced Mahindra driver Pascal Wehrlein by a sizable 0.412 seconds for his 14th career pole.

Alex Lynn qualified third for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, followed by Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt in fourth and Free Practice 1 pace-setter Alexander Sims in fifth.

Sam Bird will roll off sixth on the grid after struggling for grip in the shootout.

Jose Maria Lopez missed out on Super Pole by 0.075 seconds, and will start seventh in the No. 7 GEOX Dragon entry, ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne will start 10th after struggling for grip in the first qualifying group.

Lucas di Grassi, who enters this afternoon’s E-Prix 32 points behind Vergne second in the title race, is set to roll off from 14th on the grid.

None of the cars from Group 1 advanced to Super Pole, with da Costa having been the highest-placed in eighth.

The challenging track conditions resulted in a spin for Jerome D’Ambrosio, who was unable to set a representative time.

The penultimate round of the Formula E season gets underway at 4 p.m. EDT.

RESULTS: Saturday Qualifying

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