Championship leader Sebastien Buemi has taken his first pole position of the 2016/17 Formula E season in Monaco.

The Frenchman beat rival Lucas di Grassi by 0.237s to extend his championship lead to eight points over the Brazilian.

Techeetah‘s Jean-Eric Vergne held the fastest time in the qualifying groups but failed to replicate it in superpole handing Buemi his seventh pole position of his Formula E career.

Nelson Piquet Jr. made his fourth superpole appearance of the year, he was slower than di Grassi by just 0.056s. Maro Engel made a mistake on his flying lap forcing him to settle for fifth place.

Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist narrowly missed out on a space in superpole by just 0.053s, with Jose Maria Lopez silencing any doubts over his fitness, with the seventh fastest time ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Daniel Abt.

Sam Bird showed promising pace during practice but failed to replicate it in qualifying, the British ace was forced to settle for 10th, followed by Stephane Sarrazin who failed to match his impressive team-mate’s pace.

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Loïc Duval and Robin Frijns were 12th and 13th quickest respectively.

Esteban Gutierrez, who has a new chassis for this weekend, was 14th fastest ahead of Mitch Evans, Oliver Turvey, Antonio Felix da Costa and Adam Carroll.

Buemi’s team-mate Nico Prost had a scruffy session, running wide at Turn 1 and brushing the wall on the exit. He ended up 19th, 1.795s off the pace.

Jerome d’Ambrosio was forced to abandon his qualifying session due to a mechanical issue and thus qualified 20th and last of all.