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Despite some late raindrops, Stoffel Vandoorne set faultless qualifications for the third e-Prix of the season in the streets of Rome. It gave the Mercedes driver the third pole position of his Formula E career.
The fact that only five FE drivers ever achieved more pole positions than Vandoorne will probably have been the worst for the West Flemish on Saturday afternoon. More importantly, he could have rectified his somewhat lesser performance in the first two e-Prix of the season.
“I did have the feeling that we missed something in Diriyah”, Vandoorne said after gaining pole position. “Anyway, that gave us a slightly more favorable qualifying position here. I am happy that I was able to make optimal use of it. ”
After the actual qualifications, Vandoorne still had the third fastest time behind his name, but in the Superpole he was the only one of the toppers to remain clear. Especially Oliver Rowland, who went to the final phase with the best time, dropped some stitches in that Superpole. In the last sector of his fast lap, the Briton hit the wall no less than three times, which seriously damaged his Nissan car.
Vandoorne gets André Lotterer’s Porsche next to him on the starting grid, the second row of the grid is formed by Rowland and Lucas di Grassi’s Audi. Nyck de Vries, teammate of Vandoorne at Mercedes and leader in the championship, starts seventh on Saturday afternoon (4 pm).