Daniel Abt took his second career pole position in Berlin, although the first pole of the season for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team is currently under investigation.
The German topped the first qualifying group, but was then put under investigation for switching to 200kW mode before the final sector of his 170kW warm-up lap.
This violates Article 33.3 of the Formula E regulations, although there is no penalty that has been explicitly applied attached to the breaking of said ruling.
Abt ran third in the Super Pole session, and set a time 0.263s faster than NIO’s Oliver Turvey to take his first pole since Long Beach in 2015.
It looked like ABT team-mate Lucas di Grassi would be taking the team’s first pole of the season, but the Brazilian got loose at Turn 9 and ended up going slowest of the five drivers.
Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took third after also making an error, this time at Turn 1, with Jerome d’Ambrosio giving Dragon a surprise fourth place.
Di Grassi topped the group stage of qualifying, with Vergne taking second after forgoing a warm-up lap in the fourth group and heading straight into his 200kW flyer.
Also running in the fourth group were second to fourth in the standings, with all three failing to make it to Super Pole.
Felix Rosenqvist, who won from third on the grid in the first of the two Berlin races last season, was the fastest of the trio in sixth, with Renault e.dams’s Sebastien Buemi four-hundredths of a second behind. Sam Bird could only manage 10th behind his DS Virgin Racing team-mate Alex Lynn and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans after making a mistake in the first sector on his 200kW lap.
Jose Maria Lopez was 11th for Dragon, ahead of Venturi drivers Tom Dillmann, making his championship return in place of the DTM-prioritising Edoardo Mortara, and Maro Engel.
Besides Abt, the other German drivers on the grid struggled in qualifying. Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld only managed 14th behind countryman Engel, and Andre Lotterer was 18th fastest. The Techeetah driver does have a 10-place grid penalty as a result of his late-race clash in Paris three weeks ago, but will have it converted into a time penalty in the race due to his already low grid slot.
Stephane Sarrazin and Luca Filippi, the two other returnees, were 16th and 19th, with Renault’s Nicolas Prost joining Fillipi on the back row.