06 Jun 15

Vergne secures pole for Moscow ePrix

Jean-Eric Vergne (Andretti) will start from pole position for the Moscow ePrix ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr (NEXTEV TCR) and Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi.

The Frenchman clinched his third pole position of the season but it wasn’t without incident as Vergne clipped the wall on the exit of the final corner on his flying lap.

Vergne said: “I’m very happy with the result, especially as the last few races have not been as good for us. It was a really close session with Nelson but I think it helped having a lot of the stronger guys in the early session before the track rubbered in. It’s now all down to the race where I have two Brazilians behind me so it’s going to be hot [laughs].”

Di Grassi will line-up third behind title rival Piquet and in front of e.dams-Renault driver Sebastien Buemi. Following his dominant form in the morning practice sessions, Buemi complained that he was hampered on his second attempt by Virgin Racing’s Jaime Alguersuari.

Piquet said: “That was a closely fought session with just half a tenth between us and shows how strong the field is. The car felt good and we had a good set up on a bumpy, tight track. I think overtaking may be tricky on this track so qualifying is always important, but let’s see what happens in the race.”

“I’m pleased with that," said di Grassi. "I made a mistake on my second quick lap so my first was my best. The car is still the same after what happened in Berlin and we’re in a strong position with P3. When you’re behind you can take more risks and that’s what we’re going to do today.”

Winner last time out in Berlin, Jerome D’Ambrosio will start fifth alongside Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) who looked on course for provisional pole position with two purple sectors but lost time in the final part of the lap to put him sixth on the grid.

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT), Nick Heidfeld (Venturi), Jarno Trulli (Trulli) and Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi) round out the top-10 positions.

On his first outing in Formula E, Andretti’s Justin Wilson ended the session 13th. Dragon Racing’s Loic Duval will line-up 19th after his car stopped at the exit of the Turn 11 hairpin.