Pascal Wehrlein swept to his maiden Formula E pole position during qualifying for the Mexico City E-Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday afternoon, beating Audi's Lucas di Grassi.

Entering only his third Formula E raceday, Wehrlein managed to continue the good form shown in his charge to second place two weeks ago in Chile by topping the Super Pole shootout for Mahindra.

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After finishing second in the initial group heats behind Nissan's Oliver Rowland, ex-Formula 1 racer Wehrlein managed to turn in a best lap of 59.347s to take pole position, finishing three-tenths clear of the field.

Di Grassi managed to take second place for Audi, while Felipe Massa enjoyed his best Formula E qualifying to date as he finished third for Venturi ahead of Rowland in P4.

Antonio Felix da Costa and Sebastien Buemi rounded out the top six for BMW and Nissan respectively.

Championship leader Sam Bird saw his hopes of a second straight victory take a significant blow when his car hit trouble as he headed out for qualifying, leaving him at the back of the field.

Bird's closest challenger, Jerome d'Ambrosio, could only qualify 19th, while reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne is set to start eighth in Mexico later today.

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