Formula E: Brit Sam Bird lands pole position in Marrakesh E-Prix with damaged car after bizarre pit lane crash

NIO’s Tom Dillman's breaks failed as he went to stop, which saw him bump into the back of Robin Frijn’s who also rear ended his Virgin teammate Bird.

Dillman was initially stationary in the pit lane but as he went to move forward he realised he had lost his breaks.

The Frenchman said he had a split decision to make as he had no choice but to bump into his opponent’s car to avoid hitting a race steward.


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Formula E’s qualifying format sees four groups of drivers complete their hot laps and then the top six fastest drivers go into super pole to determine the front three rows of the grid.

Bird was the quickest of the 22 drivers in the group stage and his car was in parc ferme ahead of super pole when the crash happened.

Due to the fact his car was in parc ferme it meant the Virgin engineers could not repair the car.



Bird was missing a chunk of his diffuser which meant he lost plenty of grip and a lot of down force which is crucial to success in the Marrakesh E-Prix.

Bird will be joined by defending champion Jean Eric-Vergne on the front row.

Meanwhile former F1 stars Stoffel Vandoorne and Felipe Massa struggled, finishing 22nd and 15th respectively.

Meanwhile on his Formula E debut Pascal Wehrlein qualified in seventh place.

Virgin had already been up against it on race day after Bird suffered a water pressure issue in free practice two.

The mechanics then had to change the whole rear end of the car to fix the issue.

But they were under immense time pressure as it must have been resolved before the group stages in qualifying started, and they had just eight minutes to spare once the work was complete.

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