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Monaco ePrix: Buemi becomes fifth pole-sitter in five races

Formula E championship leader Sebastien Buemi claimed his first pole of the 2016/17 campaign, becoming the fifth different driver to top qualifying this season.

Sébastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams

Buemi was outpaced by Jean-Eric Vergne and Maro Engel in the group phase but delivered a 53.313s in the superpole to emerge quickest.

The Renault e.dams driver ended up almost a quarter of a second clear of Lucas di Grassi, earning his first pole since the 2015/16 season finale in Battersea Park in the process.

"It's been a long time since the last pole," said Buemi, who topped both practice sessions earlier on Saturday.

"We've worked very, very hard, sometimes I couldn't understand why I was not on the pace so I'm very happy to convert it here."

This will be the first time Buemi has started from the front row this season.

Di Grassi just beat Nelson Piquet Jr. to second, the Abt Audi Sport man edging his NextEV counterpart by 0.056s as both drivers brushed the wall – di Grassi exiting the final corner and Piquet the swimming pool sequence.

Behind the top three, a repeat of the podium from the inaugural Monaco ePrix two years ago, a scruffy first sector consigned Vergne to fourth on the grid.

Engel made it back-to-back superpole appearances for Venturi’s home race but also hit the wall exiting the swimming pool section.

Fifth place is still the German rookie’s best grid position, after a grid penalty robbed him of a front-row start in Mexico City last month.

Felix Rosenqvist bounced back from a bizarre practice crash to qualify sixth, the Mahindra rookie just missing out on a second superpole appearance.

DS Virgin Racing’s Jose Maria Lopez passed a late fitness test after first practice and qualified seventh, with Nick Heidfeld, Sam Bird and Stephane Sarrazin completing the top 10.

Jerome d’Ambrosio will start last after failing to set a 200kW lap in his Faraday Future Dragon Racing entry

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