DS Virgin Racing's Jean-Eric Vergne will start the Berlin ePrix on pole position after defeating Formula E title protagonist Sebastien Buemi by the slenderest of margins during the Super Pole session.

Buemi had emerged from the group stages of qualifying as the favourite to take pole position around Berlin circuit having easily set the quickest time of the weekend [57.322's] ahead of Mahindra Racing's Bruno Senna.

But Vergne, who was the third man to run during the five-car Super Pole shootout, executed a clean lap at the expense of his closest rivals.

Vergne already trumped the struggling Mahindra's of Nick Heidfeld and Senna - who complained of an upshift issue on his hot lap - while Team Abt's home favourite Daniel Abt placed himself within a shout of scoring an unlikely front row result in front of the German fans.

Buemi's effort was enough to displace Abt but Vergne held on for his fourth pole-position in the series by just 0.016's.

However, looking at the bigger championship picture, Buemi now finds himself with the opportunity of making serious inroads into Lucas Di Grassi's championship lead with the Team Abt driver starting in tenth.

The Renault e.Dams driver is only 11-points behind Di Grassi with 25 on offer for the win.

As one DS Virgin Racing machine thrived, the other agonisingly missed out at a shot of pole position with Sam Bird falling at the final hurdle in sixth.

Joining Bird on the third row is the reigning Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. Despite what has been a difficult defence of his crown, Piquet confirmed his promising practice speed but still narrowly fell short of claiming a place in the Super Pole.

The second e.Dams Renault of Nicolas Prost trailed Piquet by just 0.002's in eighth ahead of Oliver Turvey and Di Grassi.