Jarno Trulli took a sensational pole position for Team Trulli, bouncing back after a run of disappointing races to deliver a stunning lap time of 1:21.547. Championship leader Lucas di Grassi will join him on the front row.
The challenging nature of the 17-corner Berlin ePrix circuit produced a topsy-turvy grid, with Nick Heidfeld, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Stephane Sarrazin also producing great laps. Interestingly, Trulli’s lap was set in the first qualifying session, when the track was at its greenest.
A number of drivers came close to overhauling Jarno Trulli, with both Lucas di Grassi and Nick Heidfeld setting a number of purple sectors before ultimately failing to beat the pole position time. The final sector of the circuit, which feature a number of technical corners, set Trulli’s lap apart from his rivals; he was regularly 2 or 3 tenths faster than those around him.
‘I’m really pleased. I have to thank my team and sponsors. We’ve struggled a lot. We expected to be more competitive in Monaco but I’m glad our progress has showed here’.
Championship leader Lucas di Grassi, who is yet to take a pole position in Formula E, will be delighted to have qualified ahead of his championship rivals as he looks to maximise his points title. With Nelson Piquet Jr, his nearest championship rival, starting outside of the top 10, Lucas di Grassi has a great opportunity to extend his championship lead.
‘Championships aren’t won by pole positions; they are won by being at the top in the races. I’m very happy with the work that everyone has done, especially at the team’s home race in Germany. In Monaco it was very difficult to overtake but we won’t have that problem here’.
British driver Sam Bird, who desperately needs a big points total to stay in the championship hunt, looks to be in for a long afternoon after a spin during qualifying meant that he could only manage 15th.
So as we head into the Berlin ePrix, your grid line-up looks as follows:
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Written by: Anil Parmar