Stoffel Vandoorne mastered the slippery conditions to claim his first ABB FIA Formula E Championship pole position in Hong Kong.
The HWA driver was the last to run in Superpole after setting the best time in the qualifying group stages, and confirmed himself at the front of the grid for this afternoon’s race with a time of 1:11.580 in his Venturi-powered machine.
Vandoorne’s stunning wet-weather lap put the ex-McLaren Formula 1 driver three tenths clear of Oliver Rowland’s Nissan e.dams car and seven tenths up on Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara.
However, Mortara will observe a three-place grid drop for the race after he was caught speeding during a red flag period during the group sessions.
The stoppage was caused by Jean-Eric Vergne, who looped his DS Techeetah car on the exit of turn 10 and stopped on-track.
Mortara’s penalty means Vergne’s teammate Andre Lotterer moves up to third on the grid after initially qualifying fourth, while Gary Paffett and Lucas di Grassi each move up a place from their fifth and sixth Superpole positions.
Paffett and di Grassi both made small mistakes on their flying laps which put them over a second off Vandoorne’s ultimate pace.
Previous Hong Kong winners Sam Bird and Sebastien Buemi were bumped out of Superpole contention by the HWA drivers and will start from seventh and eighth respectively.
Venturi’s Felipe Massa and Bird’s Envision Virgin teammate Robin Frijns completed the top 10, while Daniel Abt and Alexander Sims will occupy the 11th and 12th grid spots.
Championship leader Jerome d’Ambrosio will start from last on the grid, while second-placed Antonio Felix da Costa could only manage 20th in challenging qualifying conditions.
Round five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gets underway at 4:04 p.m. local time.