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Buemi Puts Nissan e.dams on Pole for Berlin E-Prix

Sebastien Buemi claims pole for Nissan e.dams in Berlin by almost four-tenths…

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Sebastien Buemi scored his second pole of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season on Saturday morning, going almost four-tenths quickest in qualifying for the Berlin E-Prix.

The Season Two champion posted a Super Pole of 1:07.693 as the penultimate driver in the session, beating Lucas di Grassi who had held provisional pole after setting the first lap time.

Buemi’s time was 0.424 seconds quicker than di Grassi, while Stoffel Vandoorne ended up separating the two, qualifying second as the last driver to set a time.

The Belgian lapped the Tempelhof Airport circuit 0.398 seconds down on Buemi, but enough to put his HWA Racelab-entered Venturi VFE05 on the front row.

Di Grassi, the only driver from the first two group qualifying sessions to make it to Super Pole, will line up third for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, while Gary Paffett is set to start fourth.

Alex Lynn will line up fifth for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, meanwhile.

Alexander Sims qualified sixth quickest but will serve a five-place grid penalty for an incident in Monaco, as will Robin Frijns, who qualified in 21st.

Daniel Abt will therefore start from sixth. The German was under investigation for a possible infringement of the parc ferme rule, but the stewards took no further action.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne qualified ninth and so will start from eighth, while his teammate Andre Lotterer dropped down the order.

He failed to set a full-power lap in his group qualifying session, crossing the line to attempt to start his lap just after the checkered flag was shown.

Buemi’s pole was his second of the season after a similar success in Santiago, and Nissan e.dams’ fourth when coupled with Oliver Rowland’s poles in Sanya and Paris.

The Berlin E-Prix will start at 1 p.m. local time (7 a.m. EDT).

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Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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