23 May 15

Trulli storms to pole in Berlin

Jarno Trulli clinched his first Formula E pole position clocking a 1:21.547s to start at the front of the grid for the DHL Berlin ePrix.

The Italian driver, who was renowned as a one-lap specialist in previous categories, posted his time in the first qualifying group extracting the most out of his car in the technical final sector.

Trulli said: "I'm really happy with this. It was a clean, smooth lap. I didn't try to attack too much and just tried to put in a reasonable lap. We've worked hard over the last two races on finding extra speed. It didn't quite work in Monaco but here it did. The team is feeling more confident now and we'll have to see what happens in the race with tyre degradation and managing the battery."

Audi Sport ABT star and championship leader, Lucas di Grassi came closest to toppling Trulli from the top of the timesheets and will start in second place on the front row.

Di Grassi said: "Of course, it's good to be in this position but you don't win by pole so we'll have to see how the race plays out. I'm really happy for the team, they've done a great job with the car and on their home event. We'll have to see what we can do from the front row."

Monaco race winner Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) ended the session third ahead of home favourite Nick Heidfeld for Venturi. Di Grassi’s team-mate Daniel Abt starts fifth at his home ePrix alongside Dragon Racing driver Jerome D’Ambrosio.

Buemi added: "That was a good lap and overall I'm happy. Lucas is up there as well so we'll have to see. The first sector wasn't as good for us and I wasn't able to hook everything up together but let's see what we can do."

Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault), Loic Duval (Dragon Racing), Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi) and Jean-Eric Vergne (Andretti) complete the top-10.

NEXTEV TCR driver and Long Beach winner, Nelson Piquet Jr could only manage 13th.