London ePrix Qualifying: British weather wreaks havoc, Prost and Senna on front row

Nico Prost takes pole in rain-and-red-flag-interrupted session ahead of Bruno Senna.

Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost Buenos Aires ePrix
2015 Formula E Buenos Aires e-Prix, Argentina Friday 5 February 2016. Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams Z.E.15 & Nicolas Prost (FRA), Renault e.Dams Z.E.15 Photo: Sam Bloxham/FIA Formula E/LAT 

The rain started to spit in the first qualifying round, but started in earnest in the second group. Running was delayed several times by red flags as drivers discovered how unforgiving the Battersea Park circuit can be.

That meant that the track was soaking for the third group, featuring title contenders Lucas Di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. Di Grassi was the quicker of the two, however they were languishing in 14th and 11th respectively.

The first casualty of the session was Qing Hua Ma, who took a trip down the escape road.

Soon after Jean-Eric Vergne binned his DS Virgin Racing car in the wall, bringing his session to an end. He was able to set the fifth fastest lap but couldn’t compete in the Super Pole shootout.

The session was then redflagged, with Nico Prost being the only driver to set a clean lap. The clock was reset to allow Robin Frijns to complete a flying lap, and drops of rain started to appear.

The second session began and Simona de Silvestro was quick to do a 180 degree spin before heading on her way again.

Senna was sliding and wrestling his way around the track, nearly taking a trip into the barriers.

Sarrazin was the next casualty, breaking his front suspension and bringing out another red flag. The clock was reset once again to allow De Silvestro to set a flying lap, however the green flag was delayed as the heavens opened. This meant the track was soaking, and she soon spun again and broke her front wing just as she headed out of the pits.

The third group had to make do with a wet track. Antonio Felix Da Costa spun early but is able to carry on. Sebastien Buemi was battling to get the power down in the car, but was unable to go faster than rival Lucas Di Grassi. Buemi starts behind Qing Hua Ma.

The fourth group headed out onto a drying track, however Mike Conway brings out the red flags quite quickly. Everyone else is allowed to take to the track again, but Piquet has problems and is unable to get out. He starts 17th.

Super Pole featured Nico Prost, Oliver Turvey, Bruno Senna and Robin Frijns.

Frijns was first to head out, locking up a few times on the drying track. Unfortunately for him, the track continued to improve with more running, and the others soon beat his time.

Senna headed out next and smashed the lap, going quicker. Brit Oliver Turvey headed out in his first Super Pole appearance, but was unable to beat Senna’s time.

Nico Prost ventured out and came very close to ruining it all by locking up in turn one. He just managed to keep it out of the barriers, and we have a Prost/Senna front row for the first in a double-header at the London ePrix.

London ePrix qualifying results

  1. Nico Prost RENAULT E.DAMS
  2. Bruno Senna MAHINDRA
  3. Oliver Turvey NEXTEV
  4. Robin Frijns AMLIN ANDRETTI
  5. Jean-Eric Vergne DS VIRGIN RACING
  6. Daniel Abt ABT SCHAEFFLER
  8. Nick Heidfeld MAHINDRA
  9. Stephane Sarrazin VENTURI
  10. Loic Duval DRAGON RACING
  11. Lucas Di Grassi ABT SCHAEFFLER
  12. Jerome D’Ambrosio DRAGON RACING
  13. Qing Hua Ma TEAM AGURI
  14. Sebastien Buemi RENAULT E.DAMS
  15. Mike Conway VENTURI
  16. Antonio Felix Da Costa TEAM AGURI
  17. Nelson Piquet Jr NEXTEV TCR
  18. Simona de Silvestro AMLIN ANDRETTI

The ePrix will begin at 4pm local time.

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