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Nicolas Prost will have the honour of starting the first ever all-electric FIA Formula E race from pole position after prevailing in qualifying for the Beijing ePrix.

With the inaugural event held in the streets surrounding Beijing's Olympic Park, Prost was the fastest driver to emerge from the unusual qualifying format, which comprises of four timed groups sessions, each containing five randomly selected drivers.

From this Prost was the fastest in his Renault-backed e.dams machine with a time of 1min 42.200s, ahead of the two Audi Sport ABT machines of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt, with Karun Chandhok and Franck Montagny making up the rest of the top five ahead of the opening race, which takes place later today.

Pre-season favourite having topped three of the four testing sessions, Sebastien Buemi bounced back from his FP2 off to qualify in ninth, behind Nick Heidfeld, Jaime Alguersuari and Charles Pic, the latter Frenchman performing well having only stepped into the Andretti Autosport car on the eve of the one-day event. The top ten would be covered by just half a second.

However, the session was a bruising one for a selection of the leading protagonists, with FP2 pace setter, ex-F1 driver Jarno Trulli and sportscar ace Stephane Sarrazin all failing to set a time. They will start the race from the back of the grid.

 

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