Santiago E-Prix: Wehrlein puts Mahindra on second row
New Mahindra Racing recruit Pascal Wehrlein is set to start the Santiago E-Prix from third on the grid, just behind ABB FIA Formula E champions Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi.
Competing in only his second race weekend after missing the Riyadh opener, Wehrlein set a time of 1m08.463s to top the group qualifying stage by over two tenths of a second.
That allowed him to progress into the super pole session, where the leading six drivers leave the pitlane one by one and are allowed to set only a single lap on full power.
Wehrlein was last of the six runners and missed the apex at turn 1 before brushing the barriers at turn 1.
However, that effort of 1m08.925 was still enough to provisionally place him third on the grid, alongside fellow German Daniel Abt.
Had he been able to replicate his previous lap, he would have qualified second on the grid.
There still remains a possibility that Mahindra driver could be promoted on the front row, should polesitter di Grassi be penalised for a technical infringement.
Marrakesh winner and championship leader Jerome d’Ambrosio was allocated the first group of qualifying, where the track conditions are at its worst.
He endured a scruffy lap that was 1.5s off the pace, leaving him 21st and the second last on the grid.
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