NextEV showed that their hard work during the off season is paying off by locking out the front row for the Hong Kong ePrix.
Despite the resurgent NextEV team and Global Rallycross star Piquet's first ever pole position, the star of qualifying was undoubtedly Jose Maria Lopez.
The Argentinian, hot from a hat trick of World Touring Car titles will start from third in what will be his first single seater start in over ten years.
His DS Virgin team mate Sam Bird was fourth fastest, with defending champion Sebastien Buemi completing the top five.
The session was not without controversy however, with Lucas di Grassi and Robin Frijns both crashing out after changes were made to the chicane on the track just before qualifying.
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing