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London ePrix: Buemi takes control in second practice

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London ePrix: Buemi takes control in second practice
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Jul 2, 2016, 10:08 AM

Sebastien Buemi topped the timesheets in the second practice session for the Formula E season-concluding London ePrix, edging Daniel Abt by just over a tenth of a second.

Title contender Buemi was in control for the majority of the 30-minute session, demolishing the benchmark set by Renault e.dams teammate Nicolas Prost in FP1 almost immediately with a 1m23.433s.

That time stood as the one to beat until the final 10 minutes, as Abt picked up his pace to lap 0.141s faster than the Swiss.

But Buemi wasn't to be denied the top slot, as he posted a 1m23.171s with three minutes left on the clock to beat Abt by 0.131s.

A last-minute effort from Prost put the Frenchman up to third, 0.144s off the pace of Buemi, ahead of Dragon Racing's Loic Duval.

Points leader Lucas di Grassi had languished down in 10th before his final lap using full power, which was completed after the chequered flag had fallen and lifted the Brazilian to fifth, 0.241s off the pace.

Jean-Eric Vergne was the best of the DS Virgin drivers in sixth, his teammate Sam Bird finishing down in 11th after suffering a problem while on a hot lap.

Nelson Piquet Jr continued a promising day with the seventh-best time, while Stephane Sarrazin, Oliver Turvey and Bruno Senna completed the top 10.

Prior to the session, the qualifying groups were announced. These are as follows: 

Group 1: Prost, Ma, Vergne, Frijns

Group 2: Senna, Turvey, de Silvestro, Sarrazin

Group 3: Buemi, di Grassi, Duval, d’Ambrosio, Felix da Costa

Group 4: Piquet, Abt, Heidfeld, Bird, Conway

FP2 times:

ClaDriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1  Sébastien Buemi   DAMS 17 1'23.171  
2  Daniel Abt   Team Abt 14 1'23.302 0.131
3  Nicolas Prost   DAMS 16 1'23.315 0.144
4  Loic Duval   Dragon Racing 15 1'23.410 0.239
5  Lucas di Grassi   Team Abt 15 1'23.412 0.241
6  Jean-Eric Vergne   Virgin Racing 15 1'23.460 0.289
7  Nelson Piquet Jr.   China Racing 15 1'23.879 0.708
8  Stéphane Sarrazin   Venturi 12 1'24.105 0.934
9  Oliver Turvey   China Racing 18 1'24.179 1.008
10  Bruno Senna   Mahindra Racing 15 1'24.530 1.359
11  Sam Bird   Virgin Racing 12 1'24.666 1.495
12  Robin Frijns   Andretti Autosport 14 1'24.754 1.583
13  Nick Heidfeld   Mahindra Racing 14 1'24.784 1.613
14  Jérôme d'Ambrosio   Dragon Racing 14 1'24.849 1.678
15  Antonio Felix da Costa   Team Aguri 14 1'24.996 1.825
16  Mike Conway   Venturi 15 1'25.087 1.916
17  Simona de Silvestro   Andretti Autosport 11 1'25.774 2.603
18  Ma Qing Hua   Team Aguri 14 1'25.972 2.801
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Series Formula E
Event London ePrix
Location Streets of London
Drivers Sébastien Buemi
Author Jamie Klein