Berlin ePrix: Piquet tops FP2 as Buemi and Sarrazin crash

Berlin ePrix: Piquet tops FP2 as Buemi and Sarrazin crash
Sam Smith
By: Sam Smith
May 21, 2016, 9:10 AM

Nelson Piquet Jr. took a surprise fastest lap time in a messy final practice session ahead of qualifying for this afternoon's Berlin ePrix.

The reigning champion set a best lap of 57.909s lap in his NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001 car after having missed most of the session with a battery problem on one of his car but took his frustration out in the most positive way to lead the field.

The session was red flagged after 16 minutes when Stephane Sarrazin crashed heavily at Turn 11.

The French driver suffered significant damage to the front left of one of his Venturi VM200-FE-01 cars but emerged unhurt.

Second fastest was Sam Bird in the leading DS Virgin entered car. He headed teammate Jean-Eric Vergne by just 0.157s.

The Frenchman survived losing his front wing endplate late in the session to continue his good recent form.

Robin Frijns was fourth for Andretti ahead of Oliver Turvey and Loic Duval while Lucas di Grassi placed 12th after struggling to get a clear full power lap in his Abt Schaeffler FE01 car.

Championship protagonist Sebastien Buemi suffered a nightmare start as he nosed his Renault Z.E.15 in to the Turn 5 barrier after just five minutes of the session.

The Beijing and Punta Del Este winner managed to get back to the pits after damaging his front wing but was soon back on track but suffered another braking issue on his next flying lap. He ended the disrupted session in 15th position.

Rene Rast (Team Aguri) and Jerome d’Ambrosio (Dragon) stopped their cars and caused further yellow flags after the initial Sarrazin induced red flag. Rast placed 17th, while d’Ambrosio was 13th for Dragon.

The lead Mahindra of Bruno Senna was seventh ahead of Daniel Abt, Mike Conway and Nick Heidfeld rounded of the top 10.

Qualifying Groups:

Group 1 – Sarrazin, di Grassi, Frijns, Turvey
Group 2 – Bird, Piquet, Vergne, Rast, Abt
Group 3 – Prost, d’Ambrosio, Conway, Heidfeld, de Silvestro
Group 4 – Duval, Buemi, Senna, Qing Hua

FP2 results:

1 BrazilNelson Piquet Jr.  ChinaChina Racing 57.909 6
2 United KingdomSam Bird  United KingdomVirgin Racing +0.013 16
3 FranceJean-Eric Vergne  United KingdomVirgin Racing +0.157 16
4 NetherlandsRobin Frijns   Andretti +0.236 15
5 United KingdomOliver Turvey  ChinaChina Racing +0.298 21
6 FranceLoic Duval  United StatesDragon Racing +0.354 15
7 BrazilBruno Senna  IndiaMahindra Racing +0.401 16
8 GermanyDaniel Abt  GermanyTeam Abt +0.454 19
9 United KingdomMike Conway  MonacoVenturi +0.461 19
10 GermanyNick Heidfeld  IndiaMahindra Racing +1.082 11
11 SwitzerlandSimona de Silvestro   Andretti +1.083 14
12 BrazilLucas di Grassi  GermanyTeam Abt +1.167 17
13 BelgiumJérôme d'Ambrosio  United StatesDragon Racing +1.269 13
14 FranceNicolas Prost  FranceDAMS +1.347 17
15 SwitzerlandSébastien Buemi  FranceDAMS +1.982 19
16 FranceStéphane Sarrazin  MonacoVenturi +2.077 8
17 GermanyRené Rast  JapanTeam Aguri +2.472 14
18 ChinaMa Qing Hua  JapanTeam Aguri +4.777 14
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Series Formula E
Event Berlin ePrix
Location Streets of Berlin
Author Sam Smith
Article type Practice report