Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi secured a second pole of the weekend in New York, beating the Techeetah pair in qualifying ahead of the final E-Prix of the season.
Buemi, was one of four drivers from the second group in a damp qualifying session to progress to superpole. He was the penultimate car to run in superpole having been beaten only by Audi’s Lucas di Grassi in group qualifying.
Despite not recording a session-best time in any of the three sectors, Buemi’s 1m17.973s was fast enough to knock Andre Lotterer from the top of the timesheet by 0.040 seconds.
Lotterer, who was the only driver outside the top five in the championship to break into superpole, was just 0.016s ahead of Techeetah team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.
After Vergne was crowned champion with a fifth-place finish in Saturday’s race, Techeetah enters the final race of the season with a five-point lead over Audi in the teams’ standings.
The Audi drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi ended up in fourth and fifth respectively.
Di Grassi was the fastest driver during group qualifying and subsequently was the last car on track in superpole. He lost control while turning into the 90-degree right-hander Turn 2, slapping the wall with the left-rear of his car on the exit. He trailed back to the pits with a broken suspension.
Narrowly missing out on superpole, Jaguar’s Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr qualified in sixth and seventh. Evans lost time on his lap after hitting the wall on the exit of the hairpin Turn 1.
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was eighth. He was the only driver in the second group not to progress to the final stage of qualifying.
Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist ended up ninth. Stephane Sarrazin was fastest in the first group and will line-up in 10th.
Sarrazin’s Andretti team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa did not post a qualifying time after he suffered power issues on his out lap.
Ma Qing Hua, who has replaced the injured Oliver Turvey at NIO for the final race of the season, hit the wall at the final corner when approaching the start of his 200kW hot lap. With suspension damage, he failed to post a representative time.