Sebastien Buemi will start Sunday’s season-ending New York City E-Prix from the pole, in Renault’s final ABB FIA Formula E Championship race.
The former series champion stormed to 1:17.973 lap time on a drying track in Super Pole, denying Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer the top qualifying spot and crucial team championship points to the Chinese squad.
It marked Buemi’s 11th career pole and a sweep of qualifying this weekend in Brooklyn.
An accident for Race 1 winner Lucas Di Grassi, who slammed his Audi e-tron FE04 into the wall on his run, will see the Brazilian start fifth on the grid, behind newly crowned champion Jean-Eric Vergne in third.
Daniel Abt was fourth in the sister Audi, with the German manufacturer looking to claw its way to the team’s title, which is currently led by Techeetah.
The pair of Jaguar I-Types of Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr. both missed Super Pole and will line up in sixth and seventh.
Evans was unable to improve after a bent steering rack after brushing the wall in his qualifying run.
Sam Bird, Felix Rosenqvist and Stephane Sarrazin, meanwhile, completed the top-10.
NIO’s Ma Qing Hua, who had limited time in the car in a last-minute substitute role for Oliver Turvey, was 19th after issues in qualifying.
Battery management failure, meanwhile, forced Antonio Felix da Costa out of the session and will start from the rear of the field.
Race 2 for the New York City E-Prix gets underway at 3 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on FS1.
RESULTS: Super Pole (Race 2)