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Vergne Beats Bird to Paris E-Prix Pole

Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne takes pole for his home Paris E-Prix…

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ABB FIA Formula E Championship points leader Jean-Eric Vergne took pole position for his home E-Prix in Paris on Saturday.

The Techeetah driver posted a Super Pole time of 1:01.144 to take pole, knocking Rome E-Prix winner Sam Bird off the top spot and increasing his championship lead over the DS Virgin Racing driver.

Bird’s time was 0.277 seconds down on the Parisian while Andre Lotterer qualified third, putting both Techeetah cars into the top three.

Maro Engel and Antonio Felix da Costa both made it into Super Pole after impressive group qualifying performances, and will start fourth and fifth, respectively.

It marks Vergne’s fourth pole of the season and increases his lead over Bird to 21 points going into this afternoon’s race.

The qualifying group lottery drew all four groups in championship order with the leaders in the first session and positions 16 to 20 in the final session.

This led to several possible contenders missing out on Super Pole as they qualified in the first two sessions with slower lap times as a result of dust and debris gathering on the circuit.

Daniel Abt, Lucas di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi, Felix Rosenqvist and Mitch Evans were among the drivers who didn’t make it through to Super Pole.

Reigning champion di Grassi will start from sixth while Jerome d’Ambrosio and Buemi will line up on the fourth row.

The third edition of the Paris E-Prix will get underway at 4 p.m. local time.

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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