Jake Dennis Secures Pole Position at SUN Minimeal Berlin E-Prix

Jake Dennis secured his first Julius Baer Pole Position of the season at the SUN Minimeal Berlin E-Prix, defeating title rival Nick Cassidy with a time of 1:01.819. Dennis' Andretti team made a remarkable turnaround after struggling in Saturday's qualifying, with teammate Norman Nato securing third place on the grid.

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Jake Dennis Secures Pole Position at SUN Minimeal Berlin E-Prix

Jake Dennis Secures Pole Position at SUN Minimeal Berlin E-Prix

Jake Dennis, the reigning FIA Formula E World Champion, achieved a remarkable turnaround at the SUN Minimeal Berlin E-Prix, securing his first Julius Baer Pole Position of the season. After voicing concerns over Andretti's qualifying pace in recent rounds, Dennis put together a stunning lap in the final duel, clocking a time of 1:01.819 to defeat title rival Nick Cassidy and claim the top spot on the grid for today's second race of the Berlin E-Prix double-header weekend.

Dennis and his Andretti team struggled in qualifying on Saturday, with the British driver finishing a disappointing 20th, while his teammate Norman Nato ended up 21st. However, the team got everything hooked up for Sunday's session, with Nato also making it through to the duels stage, ultimately securing third place on the grid alongside Jaguar TCS Racing's Mitch Evans on the second row.

The qualifying session saw intense battles throughout the field, with the opening group featuring a tight contest between the Jaguar drivers. Cassidy sealed the top spot, with Evans progressing to the duels in third. Maximilian Günther secured second for Maserati, while Saturday's pole-sitter Edoardo Mortara made the duels in fourth. In the second qualifying group, Nato led an impressive Andretti one-two, with Stoffel Vandoorne securing third for DS Penske and Pascal Wehrlein fourth for Porsche.

The quarter-finals delivered exciting head-to-head clashes, with Evans defeating Günther, Cassidy outpacing Mortara, Nato eliminating Vandoorne, and Dennis overcoming Wehrlein. The semi-finals featured a unique scenario, with teammates going up against each other. Cassidy emerged victorious against Evans, while Dennis got the better of Nato, setting up a tantalizing final duel between the two championship contenders.

In the final showdown, Cassidy and Dennis were closely matched, with the Jaguar driver taking a narrow 0.007s advantage in the opening sector. However, a mistake by Cassidy coming out of the hairpin handed the advantage to Dennis, who capitalized on the opportunity to secure his first pole position of the season. "It's my most memorable pole," an elated Dennis exclaimed over the radio after crossing the line.

With Dennis and Cassidy locking out the front row, Nato and Evans will start from the second row, followed by Vandoorne and Günther on the third row. The provisional fourth row will see Pascal Wehrlein, currently under investigation for a technical infraction, alongside Edoardo Mortara. As the 10th round of the Formula E Season 10 gets underway in Berlin, all eyes will be on Jake Dennis as he aims to convert his pole position into a victory and close the gap to championship leader Nick Cassidy.

Key Takeaways

  • Jake Dennis secures first pole position of the season at Berlin E-Prix.
  • Dennis defeats title rival Nick Cassidy in final duel with 1:01.819 lap.
  • Andretti's Norman Nato takes third place on the grid alongside Mitch Evans.
  • Dennis' pole position marks a remarkable turnaround after struggling on Saturday.
  • Dennis aims to convert pole into victory and close gap to championship leader Cassidy.