Sambird and Mitch Evans delivered products to Jaguar Racing in qualifying prior to the second race of Formula E’s 2021 trip to New York City. The duo filled the front row ahead of yesterday’s pole sitter Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing).
Bird’s turnaround after Saturday’s Free Practice 1 Shunt and Rapid Rebuild reached the next level after scoring points, recovering from 20th to 9th in yesterday’s race at an impressive pace. Bird said he felt the I-TYPE 5 was the fastest car around the Red Hook after his efforts in Race 1. Briton is now in the perfect position to prove it.
“We had a series of bad lucks, neither my fault nor our own,” Bird said. “As a team, it was incredible and we fought hard yesterday. This is just a reward for those who worked hard to give me a great racing car for today.”
Evans was forced into a superpole shootout with his teammates hitting 1: 08: 572 at the end, though less than a tenth of a second. Kiwi’s lap locked up on turn 1 and looked like a sloppy lap that touched the wall through the first sector, but attacked violently through the central section of the lap and made the final Clinton wruff turn. I threw a jaguar from. He was doing enough to climb ahead of Cassidy’s early benchmark times.
Cassidy himself was almost 2 to 2 in Brooklyn after winning his second Formula E pole position yesterday, but was happy with third place as he struggled a bit with front-leading energy management. The top three were split in just 0.091 seconds.
Porsche Pascal Wehrlein also gave himself a strong foundation to work from 4th place, leaving nothing on the table through aggressive curve hopping efforts.
Dragon / Penske Autosport looks like a good place for Sergio Sette Kamala to do business, build a superpole at home for the Jay Penske team and progress from 5th place. Andre Lotterer closed the top six with the introduction of Superpole since Valencia.
After Group 1’s drama in qualifying prior to yesterday’s Round 10, this time joint standings leader Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) overshot Turn 1 and lost second, Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah’s teammate Jean-Eric Vergne lost the drive altogether and prevented him from setting the time altogether.
Frijns, Mercedes-EQ’s Nyck de Vries and Vergne proved to be their big losers at the sharp edge of the drivers’ point table, starting on the 21st, 22nd and 24th, respectively.
next: Live coverage of the second New York E-Prix broadcast on CBS starting at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
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