Mitch Evans claimed his and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s first ever ABB FIA Formula E Championship pole position in qualifying ahead of this evening’s Zurich E-Prix.
Evans posted a Super Pole time of 1:12.811 to take the pole and the first point of the weekend by just 0.137 seconds from Andre Lotterer’s Techeetah car after a tight Super Pole session on the 1.53-mile Swiss street circuit.
Sam Bird, who is attempting to chase down championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne’s current 40-point advantage, survived a brush with the wall to take third position on the grid.
Jerome d’Ambrosio enjoyed his best qualifying performance of the season with fourth place in his Dragon-run Penske EV-2.
The Belgian’s teammate Jose Maria Lopez also made it through to Super Pole but a mistake at Turn 1 lost him valuable time and was slowest of the five drivers.
Lopez though will take a three-place penalty for ignoring yellow flags in Free Practice 1 and will therefore start from eighth place.
Lucas di Grassi got bumped out of the Super Pole positions by the Dragon Racing pair in the final moments of the qualifying session and will start fifth after Lopez’s penalty is applied.
Di Grassi’s Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler teammate Daniel Abt placed ninth just ahead of Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist who completed the top ten.
Local favorite Sebastien Buemi was disappointed with sixth position, while Nicolas Prost enjoyed one of his most competitive sessions of the season with a lap that was good enough for an initial eighth place.
Prost though will actually start from seventh behind the bumped Lopez.
Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne endured his worst qualifying session of the season as he looks to protect a 40-point lead heading into the last three races of the campaign.
“It was a nightmare lap,” said the Techeetah driver who will start 17th.
“I couldn’t feel the grip and the race will be tough from there.”
Vergne was also placed under investigation for deploying his full 200kW power ahead of the designated activation line.
NIO’s Oliver Turvey failed to make the Super Pole for only the second time in 15 races after he clipped the Turn 2 wall and bent a track-rod on his qualifying lap and he starts 20th and last as a result.
RESULTS: Super Pole