14 Jul 18
As both the track and the competition starts to hot up here in New York City, it's Renault e.dams Sebastien Buemi who starts the race on Pole after posting a time of 1:13.911s. "I just hope we can convert this good start into a good result," said the former champion. "I'd really like to finish on a good note."
Starting the race behind Buemi is Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans, who posted a time of 1:14.465s in the Super Pole shootout. Having Qualified well in a number of races in Season 4, including a Pole most recently in Zurich, Evans will be looking to convert the strong start into his first win here in New York City.
After announcing his departure from the Renault e.dams team after the New York finale, Nico Prost posted an impressive lap in Qualifying, which saw him through to the Super Pole shootout. Posting a time of 1:14.921s, Prost will start the race in third. "I want to finish on the podium," said Prost confidently.
Despite posting the two fastest times in Qualifying, both championship hopeful Jean-Eric Vergne and his teammate Andre Lotterer has their times cancelled after switching to full power (200kW) too early during the Qualifying session. Vergne will start the race at then back of the grid, while Lotterer starts in 19th. With just 23 points separating Vergne and championship hopeful Sam Bird, the Frenchman will need to work very hard to wrap up the championship today. "We came here to be super quick... [the decision] is incredibly disappointing but we'll soldier on and see how we get on in the race," said Team Principal Mark Preston.
After posting a disappointing lap time, Sam Bird will start the race in 14th, six places ahead of his main opponent Vergne, which increases his chances of extending the championship to Sunday as the final fight continues between the two drivers.
For NIO Formula E's Oliver Turvey, a collision with the wall in Free Practice 2 put him out for Qualifying with a wrist injury. As a result, the NIO driver will not be starting the race.
Last year's poleman, Alex Lynn (DS Virgin Racing) will start the race one place ahead of his teammate in 13th.
Click here to see the full results from the Qualifying session.
Don't forget to tune in to catch all the action from round one of the 2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix, starting at 3:34 pm local time.