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Di Grassi Scores Pole in Santiago

Audi’s Lucas di Grassi scores pole in Santiago with field shaken up in qualifying…

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Lucas di Grassi is set to start this afternoon’s Santiago E-Prix from pole position after the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver went quickest by a considerable margin in Super Pole.

He posted a time of 1:08.290 to go 0.526 seconds clear of Sebastien Buemi in an uncharacteristically spaced-out Super Pole session.

It marks the second consecutive pole for Audi-powered cars in Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after Sam Bird’s pole run in Marrakesh for customer team Envision Virgin Racing.

Di Grassi is currently under investigation for a technical infringement during qualifying, however.

Buemi will start from second after a difficult morning for the Nissan e.dams crew which had to repair his car following a collision with the tire barrier during Free Practice 1.

Pascal Wehrlein qualified third, ahead of di Grassi’s teammate Daniel Abt, while Bird made it three Audis in Super Pole, qualifying sixth.

Fifth place on the grid went to Stoffel Vandoorne for Venturi.

Several leading drivers failed to make it through to Super Pole, including reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne who complained about the qualifying format on the live stream, owing to the disadvantaged track conditions for the Group 1 drivers.

The DS Techeetah pilot will start the race from 13th while championship leader Jerome d’Ambrosio is down in 21st.

The Santiago E-Prix gets underway at 4 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. GMT).

RESULTS: Qualifying

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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