09 Aug 20

Fifth pole in a row for DS Techeetah as Vergne denies da Costa

Jean-Eric Vergne pulled an astonishing lap out of the bag in Super Pole to seal the Julius Baer Pole Position ahead of the Berlin E-Prix Round 9, edging out team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa at the last by 0.140 seconds.

Da Costa, ever the perfectionist, claimed he was too early in the brakes into turn one, but any onlooker would be hard-pressed to notice from the on-board cameras, as what looked like a perfect 1:06.247 provided the early benchmark.

The Portuguese driver was right to think there was more in the car, though, with Vergne proving it, as the last man to run in Super Pole notched an 12th pole of his Formula E career.

DS Techeetah had secured a record fourth pole in-a-row yesterday and added a fifth – more than any other team had managed in Formula E history.

“That was a nice lap,” said a delighted Vergne. “It didn’t start well and I could see I was off by my delta as opposed to my qualifying time.

“I needed to push in the second and third sectors and I pulled it off. The championship is won for Antonio, and we need to play a clever race.

“I will definitely help him if I can and more importantly, help the team with the Teams’ Championship. I would expect exactly the same if the roles were reversed – we are a team.”

Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) left nothing on the table on the way to third having tied with Vergne for top spot in group qualifying. The Brit formed the first half of a second row lockout for the Japanese manufacturer, with Sebastien Buemi just behind ahead of Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ).

An impressive-looking Felipe Massa (ROKiT Venturi Racing) rounded out the top six, with the Brazilian looking to fight back from Round 8 disappointment despite strong pace throughout.

Alex Lynn and Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) impressed in the final qualifying group. The Mahindra Racing driver was just 0.033 seconds away from securing a spot in Super Pole with the German close by in eighth – relief for da Costa who progressed in sixth.

Jerome D'Ambrosio in the sister Mahindra lines up ninth with Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) completing the top ten.

Da Costa's nearest rival Max Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) finds himself all the way down in 21st whilst third-placed Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) starts 12th.

The Berlin E-Prix Round 9 will get underway from 19:00 local time.

Qualifying | Round 9 | 2020 Berlin E-Prix

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