Edoardo Mortara took his maiden ABB FIA Method E World Championship pole place on Saturday as he denied shock bundle Alexander Sims to take high spot for race one of many Berlin E-Prix.
Within the earlier fifty-one races of his Method E profession, Mortara had by no means began on the very entrance of the grid and had twice made the finals of the Qualifying duels this season solely to overlook out on pole place.
However an amazing last sector, coupled with a gradual one for Sims, allowed the ROKiT Venturi Racing driver to lastly take the pole place his type has deserved.
Sims was maybe lucky to be within the duels in any respect, not to mention within the last, with Sébastien Buemi having a lap time deleted for a pit lane violation which means the Mahindra Racing driver superior fairly than the Nissan e.dams driver, however after that, the Briton was excellent.
The quarter finals noticed him depose of Tag Heuer Porsche FE Staff’s Pascal Wehrlein, the quickest driver of the preliminary group classes, however the semi-final was much more controversial, with Sims and DS Techeetah’s Jean-Éric Vergne setting equivalent lap instances.
Sims superior because of setting the time first as per the rules, however it was maybe unfair on Vergne, who was behind the Briton on observe having been sooner than him within the quarter finals. The Frenchman was clearly aggravated post-session, with the rules known as into query.
Mortara had a extra simple development, though his quarter last towards the opposite Porsche of André Lotterer noticed the Swiss racer get via by simply 0.008 seconds forward of the German. He then went up and beat Techeetah’s António Félix da Costa to make it into the ultimate.
Sims had the benefit within the early a part of the lap, however the last sector was the defining one for each, with Mortara edging forward for the primary time as he crossed the end line. Sims, nonetheless, will be happy with the end result, with the Briton one in all solely three drivers not but to attain a degree this 12 months.
Félix da Costa will line-up third forward of team-mate Vergne, with Lotterer and Wehrlein forming an all-Porsche row three. Sérgio Sette Câmara had been a shock qualifier into the duels, with the Dragon/Penske Autosport driver set to start out seventh, simply forward of championship chief and the main Mercedes-EQ Method E Staff driver, Stoffel Vandoorne.
Mitch Evans was the primary of these to overlook out on advancing from Group A in Qualifying, with the Jaguar TCS Racing driver set to start out ninth forward of the penalised Buemi, who’s finest time was deleted for failing to cease within the pit lane for at the least the minimal crucial time.
Jake Dennis was sixth in Group A for Avalanche Andretti FE Staff and can line-up eleventh, with Nyck de Vries a disappointing twelfth for Mercedes. Lucas di Grassi was unable to affix Venturi team-mate Mortara within the duels, the Brazilian set to start out thirteenth forward of NIO 333 FE Staff’s Oliver Turvey, with Jaguar’s Sam Chicken and Nissan’s Maximilian Günther on row eight.
Oliver Rowland will begin seventeenth for Mahindra forward of Dragon/Penske Autosport’s Antonio Giovinazzi, whereas Envision Racing duo Nick Cassidy and Robin Frijns shall be scratching their heads as they fill out row ten, forward solely of NIO’s Daniel Ticktum and Andretti’s Oliver Askew.
Tempelhof Airport Avenue Circuit Race 1 Qualifying Consequence
|1||48||Edoardo Mortara||CHE||ROKIT Venturi Racing|
|2||29||Alexander Sims||GBR||Mahindra Racing|
|3||13||António Félix da Costa||POR||DS Techeetah|
|4||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||FRA||DS Techeetah|
|5||36||André Lotterer||GER||TAG Heuer Porsche Method E Staff|
|6||99||Pascal Wehrlein||GER||TAG Heuer Porsche Method E Staff|
|7||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||BRZ||Dragon/Penske Autosport|
|8||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||Mercedes-EQ Method E Staff|
|9||9||Mitch Evans||NZL||Jaguar TCS Racing|
|10||23||Sébastien Buemi||CHE||Nissan e.DAMS|
|11||27||Jake Dennis||GBR||Avalanche Andretti FE Staff|
|12||17||Nyck de Vries||NED||Mercedes-EQ Method E Staff|
|13||11||Lucas di Grassi||BRZ||ROKiT Venturi Racing|
|14||30||Oliver Rowland||GBR||Mahindra Racing|
|15||8||Oliver Turvey||GBR||NIO 333 FE Staff|
|16||10||Sam Chicken||GBR||Jaguar TCS Racing|
|17||28||Maximilian Günther||GER||Nissan e.DAMS|
|18||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Dragon/Penske Autosport|
|19||37||Nick Cassidy||NZL||Envision Racing|
|20||4||Robin Frijns||NED||Envision Racing|
|21||33||Dan Ticktum||GBR||NIO 333 FE Staff|
|22||28||Oliver Askew||USA||Avalanche Andretti FE Staff|