ABB Formula E – New York ePrix 2 – Qualifying
Hello MinE Fans!
Naturally the entire of France will have tuned into this session today to support their new champion. It’s not as if there’s any other major sporting event involving France going on right now.
Despite the wet track, and constantly evolving grip levels, we saw a surprising lack of incidents in the session. Felix Rosenqvist and then Qing Hua Ma (who is standing in for Oliver Turvey) both managed to tag the barriers, with Ma’s incident being considerably more significant .. he did complete his lap, but would be 7.506 seconds off the top after group qualifying was completed.
The drivers to make super pole were Lucas di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi, Daniel Abt, Andre Lotterer and Jean-Eric Vergne. Interestingly, four of the five super pole drivers came from group two. Is that because they ran when track conditions were at their best, or is it because they’re four of the top drivers in the championship standings – and therefore just generally the quickest overall?
Jean-Eric Vergne was the first to set a lap in super pole, a 1:18.031, which seemed to be a a decent lap time despite two minor brushes with the wall. Next up, the still-angry following yesterday, Daniel Abt. The German had a neat lap, but was 0.114 seconds slower than Vergne. Third driver to take to the track, Andre Lotterer. A clean lap for Andre, taking provisional pole by 0.018 seconds! Could that be bettered by season two champion Sebastien Buemi? It could! The Swiss driver took provisional pole by 0.040 seconds. This qualifying is insanely close! The final driver to take the to the track would be Lucas di Grassi who found the barrier at the start of his hot lap and didn’t set a lap time.
With qualifying done, Sebastien Buemi takes his 10th pole position in Formula E. The real story is behind though. The Techeetah’s will start from 2nd & 3rd, and the Audi’s will start from 4th & 5th. With Techeetah leading by just five points in the teams’ championship, the battle into turn one will be crucial!
Who do you think will walk away with the teams’ championship today? Also, do you think we’ll finally get our first ever wet Formula E race? Please post a comment below and let us know.