Formula E: Rowland’s Penalty puts Vergne on Pole

DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne will be on position for the 2019 Monaco ePrix. Image sourced from @JeanEricVergne via Twitter.

The DS Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne will start the 2019 Monaco ePrix on Pole Position.

The track temperature had dropped in comparison to the earlier practice session. As a result, many engineers were advising their drivers to warm up their brakes.

In the first qualifying group, Antonio Felix da Costa set the early pace for BMW with a 50.375.

Paris ePrix winner Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin) was second, but carried a grid penalty, as did Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio.

Meanwhile, DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer locked up at the swimming pool chicane and clipped the barrier at Anthony Noghes on his fast lap.

Consequently, the experienced German ended the session towards the back of the grid.

Group Two saw Lotterer’s team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne claim provisional pole on a 50.048, with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans in second.

Sam Bird also put in respectable effort to move up to sixth for Envision Virgin.

In the third group, Alexander Sims opted to go out early in the second BMW, and went up to third place with his effort.

Great laps from Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra) and Felipe Massa (Venturi) put them second and third respectively, and within half a tenth of Vergne’s time.

The Nissan e.Dams duo of Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland also moved into fourth and fifth places. This susbequently pushed Sims out of the top six.

Surprisingly, the final group didn’t see any of the drivers challenge for Super Pole, with Alex Lynn only good enough for eighth place.

Super Pole – Vergne on top

As the drivers went out in reverse order for Super Pole, Mitch Evans was the first to set a time.

A relatively clean lap in the Jaguar saw the Kiwi post a respectable 50.112. However, at the time of press, he was under investigation for ‘Super Pole Procedure.’

Oliver Rowland followed this up with the fastest first sector to go quicker with a 50.021, but was another driver who carried a grid penalty.

Rowland’s Nissan team-mate Sebastien Buemi made a mistake at Turn 1 and could only manage third.

As Buemi claimed the previous two poles at Monaco, this meant we would have a new Pole sitter in the Principality.

Felipe Massa’s Venturi was quite tail-happy and despite posting the fastest second sector, and finished fifth.

Pascal Wehrlein was the penultimate driver to take to the track and also experienced oversteer and claimed third.

Last out was Jean-Eric Vergne and produced a clean lap in his Techeetah to go second on the timesheets.

However, because of Rowland’s penalty, Vergne will start the race on pole position.

In addition to those mentioned, Edoardo Mortara and Maximilian Guenther are also carrying grid penalties for the race.

Provisional Qualifying Results for the 2019 Monaco ePrix:

Pos. Driver (Nationality), Team Time (Session)
1 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), DS Techeetah 50.042 (Super Pole)
2 Mitch Evans (NZL), Panasonic Jaguar Racing +0.070
3 Pascal Wehrlein (DEU), Mahindra Racing +0.086
4 Oliver Rowland (GBR), Nissan e.Dams Three-Place Grid Penalty
5 Felipe Massa (BRA), Venturi Formula E Team +0.176
6 Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Nissan e.Dams +0.192
7 Alexander Sims (GBR), BMW i Andretti Autosport 50.351
8 Alex Lynn (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing +0.019
9 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR), BMW I Andretti Autosport +0.024
10 Jose Maria Lopez (ARG), Geox Dragon +0.081
11 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), HWA Racelab +0.100
12 Robin Frijns (NLD), Envision Virgin Racing +0.147
13 Lucas di Grassi (BRA), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +0.151
14 Maximilian Guenther (DEU), Geox Dragon +0.163
15 Sam Bird (GBR), Envision Virgin Racing +0.175
16 Oliver Turvey (GBR), NIO Formula E Team +0.227
17 Jerome d’Ambrosio (BEL), Mahindra Racing +0.250
18 Daniel Abt (DEU), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +0.251
19 Edoardo Mortara (SUI), Venturi Formula E Team +0.267
20 Gary Paffett (GBR), HWA Racelab +0.313
21 Tom Dillmann (FRA), NIO Formula E Team +0.460
22 Andre Lotterer (DEU), DS Techeetah +0.667