Vergne scores FIA Formula E Miami pole

March 14, 2015

Vergne scores FIA Formula E Miami pole

March 14, 2015

FE_miami_qual 30He has only contested three FIA Formula E qualifying sessions but ex-Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne has already scored two pole positions – taking his second top spot today on the streets of Miami.

The Andretti Formula E driver topped second-generation stars Nelson Piquet Jr and Nicolas Prost to score the pole – the repeat of his performance from the Uruguay race.

FE_miami_qual 18“It’s a good thing to start on pole and to collect the points,” Vergne said.

“Hopefully we can finish in a good position. I will also try and push during the race but we will have to see and hopefully things will work out.”

Piquet however will not start on the front row, the Brazilian earning a five spot grid penalty from the previous race in Argentina for speeding under a yellow flag. The son of three-time Formula 1 World Chapion Nelson Piquet (Sr.) remains confident of a strong showing in today’s race.

“We’re hoping to make it a hatrick of podiums today,” said Piquet.

“We’re getting better and learning all the time and it’s great to be racing here which is my second home. We’re in a good starting position and I’m looking forward to the race.”

E.Dams Renault driver Prost will be chasing his first Formula E victory. The son of four-time F1-champ Alain Prost, “Nico” lead the opening FIA Formula E race in China up until the final turn when we clashed with sportscar teammate Nick Heidfeld – putting both cars out of the race.

Prost set the pace early in qualifying with a 1:06.167s with the track getting quicker as the session went on. Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird briefly joined Prost on the front row narrowly missing out on provisional pole position by a mere 0.003s.

“I’m confident we did our best during qualifying and it’s a good result for us,” Prost said.

“It’s going to be a long race today and will need to look after the car. Hopefully we can finish in the top-five and come away with some good points.”

Bird ended the session fourth fastest ahead of Audi Sport ABT’s Daniel Abt and Venturi’s Stephane Sarrazin. Seventh spot went to championship leader Lucas di Grassi followed by Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio and Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing) with Nick Heidfeld rounding out the top-10 places.

Today’s race gets underway at 16:00 (local time). Click here to view full qualifying results…..

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