Di Grassi storms to Santiago pole

Audi Sport Abt Shaeffler’s Lucas Di Grassi stormed to pole position after setting a lap time more than five tenths quicker than second place Sebastien Buemi in the Superpole shootout.

Group 1 consisted of Jerome D’Ambrosio, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Jean Eric Vergne, Andre Lotterer and Robin Frijns. The track was so dirty after an hour of no on-track actions, that reigning champion Vergne, who set the fastest time in the group, would only line up 13th on the grid for this afternoon’s race. Lotterer will start from 15th, Frijns 16th, Da Costa 18th and championship leader Jerome D’Ambrosio 21st.

Group 2 included Sam Bird, Mitch Evans, Alexander Sims, Sebastien Buemi and Lucas Di Grassi. Bird, Buemi and Di Grassi would make their way into the superpole shootout, while Sims ended ninth, and Evans twelfth.

Group 3 consisted of Oliver Rowland, Daniel Abt, Nelson Piquet Jr, Jose Maria Lopez, Maxi Gunther and Oliver Turvey. Abt would be the only one to make it to superpole, Gunther, who crashed in both qualifyings so far, qualified eighth, Lopez eleventh, Rowland 14th, Turvey 19th, Piquet 20th.

The final qualifying group included Edoardo Mortara, Tom Dillmann, Stoffel Vandoorne, Felipe Massa, Gary Paffett and Pascal Wehrlein. Wehrlein put in a stunning lap to go top of the times and into superpole joining Stoffel Vandoorne, Mortara just missed out in seventh, Massa starts tenth, Paffett 17th, however Dillmann saved the championship leader from starting last, and will line up 22nd for the race.

Abt went first in the Superpole session and set a benchmark of 1:08.9, a time that neither Vandoorne nor Bird could improve on, however Abt’s teammate went almost seven tenths quicker, a time that wouldn’t be beaten. Sebastien Buemi went next and was five tenths off while Pascal Wehrlein slotted into third.

The 2019 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix gets underway at 1900UTC.

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