Sebastien Buemi has inherited pole position for the Santiago E-Prix with Lucas di Grassi penalized following a stewards’ investigation into his brake usage on his in-lap after his group qualifying run.
Di Grassi was found to have used the brakes on his Audi e-tron FE05 more during the in-lap than on the flying lap which goes against a new rule this weekend concerning brake usage.
The new regulation is believed to have been brought in following Tom Dillmann’s brake failure in Marrakesh.
The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver has therefore had his qualifying times deleted, including his pole-setting Super Pole time, and will start from the back of the grid.
The sanction means that Buemi will start from pole for the 12th time in his ABB FIA Formula E Championship career, while Nissan becomes the first Japanese manufacturer to secure a Formula E pole.
Pascal Wehrlein starts alongside Buemi in his Mahindra M5Electro, while Daniel Abt and Stoffel Vandoorne will share the second row of the grid.
Sam Smith contributed to this report.