Race winner Bird draws Gp1 for Race 2 qualifying

Sam Bird will need to overcome being drawn in Group 1 for tomorrow’s qualifying if he is to repeat his win in Race 2 of the Qualcomm New York City ePrix

With the track usually improving as the groups progress, Bird will need to lay down a strong performance early on to make it through to the Super Pole session that determines Pole Position. Today’s pole sitter, Bird’s DS Virgin Racing team-mate Alex Lynn, has a potentially advantageous draw in Group 4, while Lucas di Grassi, who is now only 20 points behind Sebastien Buemi in the championship goes in Group 3.

Formula E qualifying works by the 20 drivers being drawn into four groups of five. Each group is given six minutes during which the drivers have one opportunity to record a lap using full 200kw power.

Following the conclusion of the group stages, the five fastest drivers proceed to Super Pole. Here the drivers take to the track one at a time in the reverse order of the times in the qualifying stages ie the driver who was fifth fastest goes first followed by the fourth etc.

The drivers have just one lap at 200kw to set their best time. The order from Super Pole determines positions 1-5 on the grid, with the group stages setting spots 6-20.

Race 2 qualifying groups

Group 1
Robin Frijns

Loic Duval

Sam Bird

Nelson Piquet Jr

Nico Prost

Group 2
Daniel Abt

Antonio Felix da Costa

Jerome D’Ambrosio

Felix Rosenqvist

Oliver Turvey

Group 3
Lucas di Grassi

Mitch Evans

Pierre Gasly

Jean-Eric Vergne

Stephane Sarrazin

Group 4
Alex Lynn

Adam Carroll

Nick Heidfeld

Tom Dillmann

Maro Engel