Prost beats Senna to Formula E pole in London

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LONDON, UK – In a scenario all-too-reminiscent of Formula 1 in the 1980s, Prost and Senna locked out the front row for Saturday’s Formula E race in London.

Nico Prost and Bruno Senna may not enjoy the same kind of fierce rivalry that their elders did, but they will line up side-by-side later today at Battersea Park.

A short, sharp rain shower after Q1 left championship contenders Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi languishing outside the top 10, qualifying 11th and 14th respectively.

The rain meant that all four drivers who took part in Q1 made it through to the final shoot-out for pole position, the advantage lying with Prost as the last man to take to the track as it dried.

The Frenchman produced a fastest lap in the Superpole shootout of 1:27.192 to finish half a second clear of Senna in second place, securing his first Formula E pole in over 18 months.

Oliver Turvey made the most of the damp conditions to finish third for NextEV TCR, while Robin Frijns finished fourth for Andretti. Jean-Eric Vergne qualified fifth, having been unable to take part in the final session after crashing after his 170kW lap in Q1.

Daniel Abt, Sam Bird and Nick Heidfeld were the fastest drivers to run in wet conditions, allowing them to qualify sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Stephane Sarrazin and Loic Duval rounded out the top 10.

The first race of the London ePrix weekend takes place at 4pm local time at Battersea Park.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023


Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.