André Lotterer gave Porsche the very first pole in Formula E. In qualifying for the Mexico City ePrix, the German outwit the Jaguar from Mitch Evans.
In the Super Pole with the fastest six riders from the group stage, Lotterer crushed the times of the competition. However, Nyck de Vries and Mitch Evans still had to come after the triple Le Mans winner. Mercedes driver De Vries did not get any further than the third time. Evans came very close to Lotterer’s time, but had to surrender with 0.063 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Pascal Wehrlein qualified as third, but has to leave at the back due to a grid penalty for a gearbox change. De Vries will start on Saturday evening as the third for the Nissan e.dams of Sébastien Buemi. Envision Virgin riders Sam Bird and Robin Frijns share the third row.
Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne qualified as eleventh, which ultimately resulted in a tenth starting place. Just like Mahindra colleague Wehrlein, Jérôme D’Ambrosio starts a new gearbox at the rear.
Daniel Abt could not participate in the qualification after his heavy crash in the first training session. The German of Abbot Audi was allowed to leave the hospital in Mexico City, but must receive special permission to be able to start.