Sébastian Buemi took a sensation pole position for the Monaco ePrix. Buemi’s lap, which was two tenths faster than Lucas di Grassi’s lap time, gave him his second pole position of the season. Buemi now has an excellent opportunity of becoming the first Formula E driver to win two races.
‘I’m really happy. The team did a great job and I’m looking forward to the race’, he said after his pole lap. Asked whether he could become the first pole sitter to convert pole position into a race win, Buemi replied ‘We will try this time to be the first, but we know it’s difficult. It’s a tough championship…we’ll enjoy this result and then look forward to the race’.
Championship leaders Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jr also set competitive lap times and will start 2nd and 4th respectively. They were split by the highly impressive Jérôme D’Ambrosi, who finished just 3 tenths off the pole position time. ‘It was probably the best qualifying session of the season. I hope we can fight for a podium during the race’, he said. ‘Putting everything together during a Formula E weekend is very difficult but we’re doing a great job’.
There was disappointment for the Amlin Aguri team however, as Antonio Felix Da Costa had a huge accident on the exit of Tabac during Q4. His accident has all but ended his hopes of taking big points in Monaco, despite his impressive pace in the earlier sessions.
There may still be some drama to come though, as Sam Bird, Jaime Alguersuari, Loïc Duval, Jérôme D’Ambrosio and Daniel Abt were all under investigation for Parc Ferme infringements.
Here’s how the cars currently line up ahead of the race:
Written by: Anil Parmar