Sam Bird claimed pole position ahead of the second e-Prix of New York. He would start ahead of Felix Rosenqvist and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Group 1 : Prost, Piquet, Bird, Duval, Frijns
Sam Bird (DS Virgin) easily put himself on top of the group with a 1’02’’2 laptime, more than half a second faster than Robin Frijns (Andretti). Nicolas Prost (Renault e.dams) only took third best time from Nelson Piquet Jr (Nextev Nio). Loïc Duval (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) could not shift to second gear in the corners and was 1’’3 off the pace.
Group 2: Da Costa, Rosenqvist, Abt, Turvey, d’Ambrosio
After a difficult qualifying session the day before, Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra) managed to top the standings from Bird. Oliver Turvey (Nextev Nio) put himself up to 3rd just ahead of Daniel Abt (Abt Schaeffler). Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) couldn’t beat Frijns and Antonio Felix Da Costa (Andretti) was 9th.
Group 3: Gasly, di Grassi, Evans, Vergne, Sarrazin
The surprise came from Pierre Gasly (Renault e.dams) who set the provisional fastest time from Rosenqvist. Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) got himself up to 3rd place and were the only two of the group able to get to provisional superpole. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler) was only 7th, Stéphane Sarrazin (Techeetah) was 9th ahead of Mitch Evans (Jaguar).
Group 4: Dillmann, Engel, Heidfeld, Lynn, Carroll
Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra) was the only driver of the group to get himself up to the top 5. Maro Engel (Venturi) was just on P6. Tom Dillmann (Venturi) was P10 and Adam Caroll (Jaguar) was P20. Alex Lynn (DS Virgin) was not able to repeat his performance of the day before, qualified 17th.
Superpole: Heidfeld, Bird, Vergne, Rosenqvist, Gasly
The first car to head out was Nick Heidfeld on a 1:03.2. Sam Bird improved the time by almost one second. Jean-Eric Vergne was 0.259 away from his former teammate best time. Felix Rosenqvist was only 0.037s away from Bird, pushing Vergne back to the second row. Pierre Gasly made a slight mistake in his fastest lap and had to settle for P4.
Sam Bird took pole position for the second race of the week-end ahead of Rosenqvist and Vergne. Gasly, Heidfeld, Engel, Turvey, Abt, Di Grassi and Dillmann completed the top 10.