Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) clinched pole position for the inaugural Formula E Evergrande Spring Beijing ePrix ahead of both Audi Sport ABT drivers.
The Frenchman posted a 1.42.200s, a tenth of a second clear of Lucas di Grassi and a further two tenths quicker than Daniel Abt.
Prost managed to set a representative timed lap before locking up into Turn 14 forcing him to park in front of the tyre barrier. He returned to the pitlane and avoided any series damage to the car. The e.dams-Renault driver picked up three bonus points for claiming pole position.
Mahindra Racing’s Karun Chandhok will line-up on the grid in fourth alongside Franck Montagny for Andretti.German driver Nick Heidfeld clocked a 1.42.579 to start sixth ahead of Virgin Racing’s Jaime Alguersuari.
Newly-announced Charles Pic put in an impressive performance in eighth with Sebastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet Jr rounding out the top-10.