Beijing ePrix: Di Grassi fights back, tops FP2

A slightly shortened final practice session before the all-important qualifying saw Lucas di Grassi head the timing screens in Beijing this morning.

The running was cut short after a red flag to retrieve the crashed Andretti car of Simona de Silvestro in the final minutes.

Di Grassi, who won the very first FIA Formula E race at Beijing 12-months ago, set a time of 1m37.279s. The Brazilian’s lap was within three-tenths of a second of Sebastien Buemi’s best lap of the weekend so far, set in the first of the two practice sessions.

The improved pace from the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team ensures that Renault’s dominant performance so far in China appears to have been checked before qualifying this afternoon.

Di Grassi’s teammate Daniel Abt finished second and was 0.7s off the Brazilian, clocking a time of 1m37.993s.

The early part of the running saw drivers simulating race runs on 170kW power, with initial indications of race pace being around the 1m39s and 1m40s mark.

Stephane Sarrazin claimed third place for Venturi, while Antonio Felix da Costa placed fourth for Team Aguri.

The Portuguese driver’s 1m39.768s lap was set midway through the session and a follow-up lap ended with a harmless spin as last years Buenos Aires ePrix winner explored the limits of his Aguri SRT01-e.

Felix da Costa's Aguri team mate Nathanael Berthon had his most competitive session so far and ended sixth with a time of 1m40.283s.

Previous session pacesetters Renault e.DAMS pair, Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi, finished the session in fifth and ninth respectively.

Jacques Villeneuve completed one timed lap as he sat out most of the session while Nick Heidfeld only appeared for the second half of running after a standard battery change on his Mahindra M2ELECTRO.

The German ended the session seventh fastest while teammate Bruno Senna was 13th.

Nelson Piquet’s NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001 emerged midway through the session after his team effected repairs after his FP1 dramas. The Brazilian ended up 12th just behind teammate Oliver Turvey in 11th.

Pos. Driver Team Time Delay
1 Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1'37.279  
2 Daniel Abt ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1'37.993 0.714
3 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1'38.336 1.057
4 Antonio Felix da Costa Team Aguri 1'39.768 2.489
5 Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 1'39.827 2.548
6 Nathanael Berthon Team Aguri 1'40.283 3.004
7 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 1'40.349 3.070
8 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Virgin 1'40.376 3.097
9 Sebastien Buemi Renault e.Dams 1'40.669 3.390
10 Robin Frijns Andretti 1'40.978 3.699
11 Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR 1'41.055 3.776
12 Nelson Piquet NEXTEV TCR 1'41.333 4.054
13 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1'41.457 4.178
14 Sam Bird DS Virgin 1'41.474 4.195
15 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1'41.965 4.686
16 Loic Duval Dragon 1'42.408 5.129
17 Simona de Silvestro Andretti 1'43.150 5.871
18 Jacques Villeneuve Venturi No Time  

 

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Series Formula E
Event Beijing ePrix
Track Streets of Beijing
Drivers Stéphane Sarrazin , Lucas di Grassi , Daniel Abt
Teams Team Abt
Article type Practice report