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Sebastien Buemi grabbed pole position in the dying embers of qualifying with a blistering lap time of 1:24.648.
The Swiss driver’s third pole position of season means the e-Dams pilot is ahead of his championship rivals going into Saturday’s race.
Jerome D’ambrosio will line-up alongside Buemi on the grid, the Belgian driver who was also in group wasn’t able to match Buemi’s pace, setting a 1:25.104.
Their was disappointment for third place man Lucas di Grassi. The Brazilian who was out in group 1 had been sitting on provisional pole through out the session but his 1:25.105 wasn’t good enough to maintain his front-row starting position in the end.
Despite missing out on pole di Grassi will have been pleased to be ahead of championship rival Nelson Piquet Jr. The championship couldn’t match the pace of the top three and will start forth on the grid.
The joker in the pack will be Jean-Eric Vergne, the Frenchman who isn’t in championship contention will start fifth after a difficult qualifying. On his first flying run the Andretti driver locked his wheels causing him to run wide while poor radio communication caused Vergne to be slow out of the final corner onto his final flying lap.
Behind Vergne will be fellow countryman Nico Prost. The son of former F1 World Champion Alan has seen his championship hopes dwindled along with Britain’s Sam Bird as the pair start 6th and ninth respectively.
One of the stand out performances of the session came from Oliver Turvey. The Nextev TRC drive qualified on seventh a success compared to his four fellow debutants who start on the back two rows.
Sebastien Buemi will look to convert pole to victory when the race starts at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
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