Long Beach ePrix: Abt shocks by beating Buemi in second practice

Last year’s Long Beach pole winner Daniel Abt knocked points leader Sebastien Buemi off his perch in the second free practice session around the famed American street circuit.

Abt, who has promised to sing a Taylor Swift song naked on the grid if he wins a race, lapped the track in 56.778s – 0.174s faster than session one pacesetter Buemi’s Renault e.dams machine.

The strong showing by both Abt Audi cars vindicated Alain Prost’s pre-session statement that the previously-dominant Renaults “will have a little bit of pressure this weekend, I think.”

Story of the session

In the half-hour practice, the last running ahead of qualifying, there was a rush of full-power 200kW laptimes early on.

Buemi set a benchmark 58.903s at 170kW before Virgin's Jean-Eric Vergne went P1 on 58.099s on 200kW.

Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld very briefly topped the times before then Stephane Sarrazin lapped in 57.408s. Teammate Mike Conway jumped up to P2 to make it a Venturi 1-2, before clipping the wall at Turn 5.

Nico Prost jumped to the top of the times with 12 minutes remaining on a 57.352s qualifying sim with his Renault e.dams, before teammate Buemi regained his stranglehold on proceedings with 56.952s.

Di Grassi grabbed second position, just 0.092s off Buemi’s best time.

Abt then set P1 on 56.778s with 7 minutes remaining, a time nobody was able to beat.

Behind Buemi and di Grassi, Antonio Felix da Costa was fourth for Team Aguri from Robin Frijns, Sam Bird and Prost.

Salvador Duran, Vergne and Frijns (twice) went down T1 escape road, forced to make spin turns, while Heidfeld managed to swerve between the tyres after overshooting.

FP2 Results:

 Pos.  Driver Team  Time Gap  Laps 
 Daniel Abt  ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 56.778   18
 Sebastien Buemi  Renault e.Dams 56.952 0.174 22
 Lucas di Grassi  ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 57.044 0.266 18
 Antonio Felix da Costa  Team Aguri 57.155 0.377 18
 Robin Frijns  Andretti Formula E Team 57.161 0.383 19
 Sam Bird  DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team 57.212 0.434 19
 Nicolas Prost  Renault e.Dams 57.259 0.481 23
 Bruno Senna  Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 57.377 0.599 22
 Stephane Sarrazin  Venturi Formula E Team 57.408 0.63 19
10   Jerome d'Ambrosio  Dragon Racing Formula E Team 57.457 0.679 19
11   Simona de Silvestro  Andretti Formula E Team 57.682 0.904 22
12   Loic Duval  Dragon Racing Formula E Team 57.757 0.979 21
13   Nelson Piquet Jr.  NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 57.802 1.024 20
14   Mike Conway  Venturi Formula E Team 57.862 1.084 16
15   Nick Heidfeld  Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 57.899 1.121 14
16   Jean Eric Vergne  DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team 58.099 1.321 16
17   Oliver Turvey  NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 58.297 1.519 20
18   Salvador Duran  Team Aguri 59.214 2.436 18
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Series Formula E
Event Long Beach ePrix
Track Streets of Long Beach
Drivers Lucas di Grassi , Sébastien Buemi , Daniel Abt
Article type Practice report