Jérôme d’Ambrosio has taken his first ever pole position in FIA Formula E championship in Punta del Este ePrix. The Belgian will start in front of his team mate Loïc Duval, achieving his first ever one-two in the series for Dragon Racing. Bird finished third after Di Grassi and Buemi mistakes.
After one month and a half without Formula E, the electric series came back today at Punta del Este for noon’s qualifying.
Last year Jean-Éric Vergne made his debut in the series here and took the pole position in the first group. Today the Frenchman was also in the first group but thing didn’t went well.
The DS Virgin driver made his unique fastest lap at the end of the session, but he made a mistake and also had traffic problems which make him finish on final 17th place.
Just in front of Jacques Villeneuve (Venturi Racing) who crashed at final chicane in Group 4, as Loïc Duval (Dragon Racing) set a lap to get his access to Superpole in Group 3.
Before Group 3, Group 2 was heavily competitive with Bird (Virgin Racing), D’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) and Lucas Di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) who fight for top3. There it was also Nicolas Prost (Renault e.dams) but the son of 4-times Formula 1 world champion, damaged his front wing at his flying lap and had to resign himself with a final sixth place.
Sébastien Buemi finished as the fastest of Qualifying before the Superpole knockout, where him and Lucas Di Grassi made a mistake that move the title contenders to 4th and 5th for staring grid. Jérôme d’Ambrosio took his first ever pole position in Formula E, his first ever of his motorsport career since 2010 in GP2 Series with Dams in Spa-Francorchamps.
The Belgian get 3 bonus points for today’s pole position, and will start ahead of Duval and Sam Bird.