10 Jun 18
It's looking like a promising day for Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans who clinched his - as well as the team's - first ever Julius Baer Pole Position here in Zurich. With a solid season behind him, the New Zealand driver will start the inaugural 2018 Julius Baer Zurich E-Prix at the front of the grid. "It's a long time coming for us," said Evans. "We've been quick out of the box today...it's a great feeling and it's our first Pole since Jaguar came back into racing...let's hope we can convert that into a win," he added.
While it was good news for Evans, it was a disastrous Qualifying lap for championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne, capped off by an investigation by the FIA after switching into high power mode too early. Time will tell what penalty, if any, he'll face. As it stands, Vergne will start the race in 17th. His chances of wrapping up the championship here in Switzerland could be starting to fade while his teammate, Andre Lotterer will start the race in second.
For fellow championship hopefully Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing), it's looking a little brighter after a solid Qualifying session put him through to the Super Pole shootout. Kissing the wall on his hot lap, Bird pulled back into the garage after posting a 1:13.022 lap - good enough to put him in third for the race. "I feel a little bit frustrated with myself," said Bird. "But it's an opportunity...let's go hunting," said the Brit. For teammate Alex Lynn, however, it was less celebratory as the DS driver is under investigation for an unsafe release. As it stands, he will start the race in 12th.
With both Dragon drivers - Jose Maria Lopez and Jerome d'Ambrosio making it through to Super Pole, the pair performed well during the shootout, putting them fourth and fifth for the race. Could this be Dragon's day in the sun?
Over at Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi will start the race in 9th and 6th respectively. After their historic one-two victory in Berlin, all eyes will be on the pair to see if they can pull off a repeat performance.
For home race hero Sebastien Buemi, he'll start the race here in Zurich in seventh, with his teammate Nico Prost directly behind him in eighth. Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist will start in 10th ahead of his teammate Nick Heidfeld in 13th. For fellow Swissman Edoardo Mortara, its 14th place on the grid for the start while his teammate Maro Engel sits at the back in 18th.
Bringing up the back of the pack will be the NIO Formula E Team drivers after an unremarkable Qualifying session, with Oliver Turvey in 20th and Luca Filippi in 19th.
Click here to see the full, provisional Qualifying results ahead of the 2018 Julius Baer Zurich E-Prix at 18:00 CEST.