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Wehrlein Penalized; Rowland to Start From Pole

Pascal Wehrlein loses pole for Paris E-Prix due to tire pressure irregularity…

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Pascal Wehrlein has lost pole position for this afternoon’s Paris E-Prix after he was penalized for a tire pressure offense.

Wehrlein has been sent to the rear of the grid along with Mahindra Racing teammate Jerome d’Ambrosio who has also been given a penalty for the same reason.

The official bulletin which confirmed the decision stated: “The tyre pressure was measured twice after Qualifying and once after Super Pole and was between 1.48 and 1.56 bar instead of a minimum of 1.60 bar.

“Even under consideration of the outside temperature of the track and the time the car has been checked after arrival in the pit lane, the tyre pressure was not in compliance with the Michelin Pilot Sport Tyre working range from 25th April 2019.”

Oliver Rowland will now start from pole for the second time this season, after starting from the top spot in Sanya last month.

Sebastien Buemi joins Rowland on the front-row to make it a Nissan e.dams clean sweep.

Robin Frijns moves up to third, with Felipe Massa, Max Guenther and Andre Lotterer rounding out the top six.

The Paris E-Prix will get underway at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. EDT).

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