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London ePrix: Prost leads, Frijns shunts in first practice

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London ePrix: Prost leads, Frijns shunts in first practice
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Jul 2, 2016, 8:06 AM

Nicolas Prost led the way in the opening practice session for the Formula E season finale weekend at Battersea Park, topping a session interrupted by a red flag caused by a crash for Robin Frijns.

Prost and Renault e.dams teammate Sebastien Buemi, who arrives in London one point behind points leader Lucas di Grassi, spent the early stages of the 45-minute session trading fastest times.

But it was DS Virgin driver Sam Bird was in command, on a 1m26.370s, when the red flags were shown with 22 minutes to go, as Robin Frijns buried his Amlin Andretti-run machine in the barriers at Turn 17.

Proceedings resumed with 11 minutes to go on a congested track, but it wasn't long before Prost seized the top spot on a 1m25.493s, before improving to a 1m25.399s.

Buemi briefly went second behind his Renault e.dams teammate, until Loic Duval broke up the French squad's 1-2 with a time 0.284s shy of fellow countryman Prost.

That relegated Buemi to third, 0.319s behind his teammate, ahead of Abt Audi teammates Daniel Abt and di Grassi, who ended up six tenths off the pace.

Reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr, who was crowned last year at Battersea, was an encouraging sixth ahead of NEXTEV TCR teammate Oliver Turvey.

Bird, one of the few drivers not to improve on his time after the red flags, was shuffled down to eighth in the final reckoning, with Venturi duo Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin completing the top 10.

Frijns, whose crash was the only major incident of a relatively clean session, ended up 13th-fastest, not returning to the track after his shunt.

FP1 results:

PosDriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 Nicolas Prost DAMS 20 1'25.399  
2 Loic Duval Dragon Racing 15 1'25.683 0.284
3 Sébastien Buemi DAMS 19 1'25.718 0.319
4 Daniel Abt Team Abt 18 1'25.742 0.343
5 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 20 1'26.008 0.609
6 Nelson Piquet Jr. China Racing 18 1'26.200 0.801
7 Oliver Turvey China Racing 21 1'26.224 0.825
8 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 17 1'26.370 0.971
9 Mike Conway Venturi 19 1'26.554 1.155
10 Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 19 1'26.578 1.179
11 René Rast Team Aguri 19 1'26.647 1.248
12 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 16 1'26.735 1.336
13 Robin Frijns Andretti Autosport 10 1'26.872 1.473
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin Racing 19 1'26.997 1.598
15 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 19 1'27.072 1.673
16 Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 20 1'27.563 2.164
17 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 18 1'28.718 3.319
18 Ma Qing Hua Team Aguri 19 1'29.637 4.238
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Series Formula E
Event London ePrix
Location Streets of London
Author Jamie Klein