Felix Rosenqvist claimed pole for the Rome ePrix in a chaotic qualifying session in which four drivers failed to set a 200kW lap.
The Mahindra driver was second in the group qualifying session, behind the Techeetah of Andre Lotterer, but managed a time 0.6s faster than any other driver in the super pole shoot out, despite brushing the wall on his flying lap.
An incredible final sector for Sam Bird put him on the front row of the grid ahead of Mitch Evans and Lotterer.
Sebastian Buemi also made it into the super pole but ran wide at the hair pin and finished 1.5s slower than Rosenqvist.
NIO Formula E Team and Dragon both miscalculated the time it would take their drivers to complete their out and warm up lap on the new, long Rome circuit, meaning Luca Filippi and Jerome d’Ambrosio, both out in group one, ran out of time before they could start their 200kW lap.
More trouble hit Dragon when Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa was released into the path of Jose Maria Lopez at the start of group four. The pair collided, ending the session for both drivers, who will start on the back row of the grid.
Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara also had a scruffy qualifying after hitting the wall early in his flying lap. He managed to continue, fighting the backend of his car around the track, to put his himself P17, ahead of Filippi but behind the Dragon of d’Ambrosio.
Reigning champion Lucas di Grassi narrowly missed out on the super pole shoot out, finishing P6, ahead of Oliver Turvey and championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne
Daniel Abt and Nick Heidfeld completed the top 10.