Stoffel Vandoorne grabbed pole position for the Hong Kong E-Prix in very wet conditions, gaining HWA Racelab its first points of the 2018/19 Formula E season.
Vandoorne was the last driver to set a lap in super pole after going quickest out of everyone in the four qualifying groups, with intermittent rain falling throughout the day making conditions tricky.
The Belgian went over three-tenths of a second faster than Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland with a 1m11.580s lap time to grab his maiden FE pole position, even though he went deep into the Turn 1 hairpin at the start of his lap.
Edoardo Mortara was third fastest in super pole, but was given a three-place grid drop to sixth due to overspeeding on his in-lap in group qualifying after the red flag came out for Jean-Eric Vergne’s spin on the start/finish straight.
Vergne, who missed out on super pole due to his spin in which he damaged his car, had his fastest lap cancelled for causing the red flag.
The second row of the grid is filled by Vergne’s Techeetah team-mate Andre Lotterer and Vandoorne’s team-mate Gary Paffett, who made a mistake on his super pole lap.
Lucas di Grassi will start alongside Mortara, the Brazilian setting his super pole lap before track conditions started to improve slightly.
Sam Bird qualified seventh and just missed out on getting into the super pole session and will start alongside Buemi.
The top 10 of the grid for the Hong Kong E-Prix was completed by Venturi’s Felipe Massa and Bird’s team-mate Robin Frijns.
Current FE drivers’ championship leader Jerome D’Ambrosio will be last on the grid, with his closest rival in the standings Antonio Felix da Costa starting in front of him in 20th.