ABB Formula E – Zurich ePrix – Qualifying

Hallo MinE Fans!

Zurich hosts round 10 of the ABB Formula E championship; a momentous occasion with the event being the first motorsport legally allowed in the country since 1955.

The qualifying lottery provided an interesting group order. Drivers would end up going out in championship order with the leaders in group one, and those at the tail end of the championship in group four. In my personal opinion, the lottery system should be scrapped and this is how qualifying should always be ran.

Qualifying group one was a strange session; track temperatures ramping up is what determined the order. Jean-Eric Vergne crossed the line, and went fastest. Felix Rosenqvist crossed the line, and went fastest! Next up was Daniel Abt, who went fastest. Sebastien Buemi, then went fastest!! Finally Sam Bird crossed the line, to, you guessed it, go fastest! Clearly track improvement was the big factor here.

That trend of track improvement continued as the session progressed, albeit to a lesser extent. As qualifying developed, and the order took shape, the only driver from group one to remain in the top five would be Sam Bird. The British driver made super pole along with Andre Lotterer, Jose Maria Lopez, Jerome d’Ambrosio and Mitch Evans.

Sam Bird was first out in super pole, but appeared to thrive off the pressure of his championship aspirations with a very committed lap. Unfortunately for him, Lotterer was able to take provisional pole away with an unspectacular, but extremely neat and tidy lap. The third driver to take to the circuit was Lopez, but he ruined his lap by taking far too much speed into turn one and subsequently suffered a very slow exit. Credit where it’s due though, he did an excellent job to avoid the barrier on the outside of turn one – I guess that’s why he’s a three time World Touring Car champion. d’Ambrosio was next out, and slotted into 3rd place. But today, no-one could match Mitch Evans, who was able to take his first pole position in ABB Formula E with a superb lap; 0.137 seconds quicker than the rest. Jaguar Racing will be delighted.

The result in qualifying potentially mixes up the championship. Vergne came into this race with a 40 point lead, but with the Frenchman starting down in 17th – it’s all still to play for.

What do you think the points gap will be when ABB Formula E leaves Zurich? Make your predictions below, and be sure to come back and find out if you’re correct with the MinE’s.