Berlin ePrix: Lopez leads Rosenqvist in Sunday practice

Jose Maria Lopez set the fastest time of Formula E’s Berlin weekend so far to top practice for Sunday’s race.

Berlin ePrix: Lopez leads Rosenqvist in Sunday practice
 Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, crosses the line to win the race
 Adam Carroll, Jaguar Racing
 Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
 Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team

The DS Virgin Racing driver leapt to the top of the times midway through FP2, deposing Saturday’s race winner Felix Rosenqvist in the process.

Rosenqvist set the early pace on a 1m07.753s, which Lopez edged by almost a tenth to set a new Tempelhof record of 1m07.670s.

Lopez’s effort meant Sebastien Buemi’s hold of the lap record lasted little more than an hour – the Renault e.dams driver having topped FP1 with a 1m07.712s.

Buemi was in the clear in the opening session, opting for full-power 200kW laps while the other frontrunners focused on race-power runs.

In FP2 he left his qualifying simulation until the last moment, then jumped to third with a 1m07.782s.

That dropped the second DS Virgin of Sam Bird to fourth ahead of Daniel Abt.

A lurid Jean-Eric Vergne ended up sixth-fastest, having lost time with a sideways moment through the final corner.

Lucas di Grassi lapped faster than his Saturday pole time but was still only ninth fastest, half a second off the pace, as a host of drivers improved in warm conditions and with the track at its most rubbered-in.

FP4 Results:

ClaDriverTeamTimeGap
1 argentina Jose Maria Lopez  united_kingdom Virgin Racing 1'07.670  
2 sweden Felix Rosenqvist  india Mahindra Racing 1'07.753 0.083
3 switzerland Sébastien Buemi  france DAMS 1'07.782 0.112
4 united_kingdom Sam Bird  united_kingdom Virgin Racing 1'07.916 0.246
5 germany Daniel Abt  germany Team Abt 1'08.034 0.364
6 france Jean-Eric Vergne  china Techeetah 1'08.078 0.408
7 france Nicolas Prost  france DAMS 1'08.159 0.489
8 united_kingdom Oliver Turvey  china NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 1'08.186 0.516
9 brazil Lucas di Grassi  germany Team Abt 1'08.206 0.536
10 germany Maro Engel  monaco Venturi 1'08.388 0.718
11 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.  china NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 1'08.530 0.860
12 france Loic Duval  united_states Dragon Racing 1'08.669 0.999
13 germany Nick Heidfeld  india Mahindra Racing 1'08.683 1.013
14 portugal Antonio Felix da Costa  united_states Andretti Autosport 1'08.875 1.205
15 france Stéphane Sarrazin  china Techeetah 1'08.931 1.261
16 netherlands Robin Frijns  united_states Andretti Autosport 1'09.030 1.360
17 belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio  united_states Dragon Racing 1'09.076 1.406
18 france Tom Dillmann  monaco Venturi 1'09.230 1.560
19 new_zealand Mitch Evans  united_kingdom Jaguar Racing 1'09.290 1.620
20 united_kingdom Adam Carroll  united_kingdom Jaguar Racing 1'09.944 2.274
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