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Qualifying groups drawn in Monaco

Following a congregation of the drivers in the Allianz eVillage, the qualifying group lottery has taken place and each of the 20 drivers now know in which group they will participate in for qualifying.

Reigning champion Sebastien Buemi will be in action in the opening qualifying group as he looks to take his first pole position of the season, with Team Principal Alain Prost stating earlier that Renault e.dams are looking to improve their qualifying performance.

Antonio Felix da Costa has yet to take a pole position in Formula E, and will need to put in a mega performance to throw his hat in the ring amongst the favourites, something which you can expect the reigning Macau Grand Prix champion to pull off when it matters most.

Both Loic Duval and Mitch Evans have shown strong qualifying pace this season, with Evans one of the stars in Buenos Aires, but pole around the streets of Monaco may be a bit of a long shot for either driver.

Last, but not least in Q1 is Mexico pole sitter Oliver Turvey, who is one of the favourites to put in a repeat performance and qualify his NextEV NIO up the front. He had a potential win taken away by a mechanical fault in the race, so no doubt the Englishman will be raring to go in the Principality.

Jaguar Racing’s Adam Carroll drew the Q2 ball and will be looking to put in a solid performance after an off into the turn one escape road in FP1.

Jerome d’Ambrosio joins Carroll in Q2 and will be looking to add to the two pole positions he has already scored in his Formula E career. The Faraday Future Dragon Racing car has been making steady improvements throughout the course of the season, so today could be a chance for d’Ambrosio to reward all the efforts of the team and score a strong result.

Esteban Gutierrez showed impressive pace in practice off the back of his points finish in Mexico City and will look to establish himself as a consistent presence in the top ten. Qualifying will be highly important for the Mexican driver.

Nick Heidfeld has yet to take a pole position in Formula E and while the Mahindra has shown improved pace this season, the German hasn’t got the best out of his machinery yet but should break into the top ten.

Nico Prost has already made his aim for the weekend very clear and will be giving it everything to claim pole position as he targets victory.

Group 3 sees Sam Bird take to the track in his quest for pole position and is one of the favourites according to his fellow racers. The Englishman is a Monaco specialist and has every chance of making the front row.

Lucas di Grassi finally took his maiden pole position in Buenos Aires and has already been quick around the streets of Monaco, where he hopes to take the fight to his rivals and come out on top.

Maro Engel put in a superb performance in Mexico City where he reached Super Pole for the first time in his short Formula E career. The German driver hasn’t lit up the timing screens so far today, but he has already shown that he is very capable of pulling results out of nowhere.

Robin Frijns hasn’t had much to shout about in terms of qualifying pace so far this season and will be aiming to break into the top ten on a track that he is very familiar with.

Stephane Sarrazin was in the top ten in both practice sessions, thanks to a new gearbox in the Venturi machine, and has set an aim of scoring points this weekend. His performances so far suggest that the Frenchman may well achieve those targets.

And finally, in what could be considered as the ‘death group’ of qualifying, Daniel Abt looks to make up for his lost pole position in Mexico City and score as strong a result as possible. With the speed that the German is capable of, don’t be surprised to see him break into Super Pole.

Jose Maria Lopez is now a certainty to race and has already put in impressive lap times and is surely one of the favourites for pole position.

Nelson Piquet Jr has been one of the kings of qualifying this season and have everything he needs at his disposal to get into the Super Pole session, where he could take his second Formula E pole position.

Felix Rosenqvist was involved in a heavy shunt in FP1 but having already taken a pole position in his rookie season, it would be unwise to write him off completely. The Swede is a street circuit specialist and one of the favourites to reach Super Pole.

Last, but not least, Jean-Eric Vergne has been on the pace in qualifying all season and is poised to challenge for his first pole position of the season. Anything other than a Super Pole appearance would be a below-par performance for the Frenchman.

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About Topher Smith
Topher is an experienced and passionate Motorsport journalist with Formula E, Formula 1, GP2/F2, GP3 and IndyCar all on his resume. When he isn't at the trackside you can find him furthering his own capabilities and knowledge through his endless search for original ideas and material. Also plays league pool.