Mexico City ePrix: Buemi quickest again in FP2

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Mexico City ePrix: Buemi quickest again in FP2
Sam Smith
By: Sam Smith
Apr 1, 2017, 5:21 PM

Sebastien Buemi led the way in the second practice session of the 2017 Mexico City ePrix, trimming just under a tenth of a second from his benchmark in FP1.

Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing
Robin Frijns, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
Loic Duval, Dragon Racing
Esteban Gutiérrez, Techeetah
Daniel Abt, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

The reigning champion's time of 1m02.164s eclipsed closest rival Lucas di Grassi’s fastest lap by 0.111s.

Jean-Eric Vergne posted a best of 1m02.286s in his Renault-powered Techeetah entry in what transpired to be a three-way battle for the quickest time.

Nick Heidfeld was best of the rest, taking his Mahindra to fourth and narrowly edging out his fellow German Daniel Abt, but was almost 0.4s in arrears to Buemi.

The NextEV duo of Nelson Piquet and Oliver Turvey took sixth and ninth respectively, sandwiching Maro Engel (Venturi) and Antonio Felix da Costa (Andretti).

The temperature climbed between the two practice sessions to 80 degrees, as teams spent some of the session evaluating the thermal management of the cars ahead of the race.

The top 13 cars were covered by under a second, indicating a tight midfield battle for the second-ever Mexico City ePrix.

Several drivers suffered spins, including Robin Frijns (Andretti), Adam Carroll (Jaguar) and Loic Duval (Dragon).

There was a more lurid incident for Jose Maria Lopez, who glanced the wall in the final stages of the session.

Formula E debutant Esteban Gutierrez made a late session improvement to 13th position, after having initially languished at the tail end of the times.

FP2 results

Pos.DriverTeamTimeGap
1 switzerland Sebastien Buemi  Renault e.dams 1'02.164  
2 brazil Lucas Di Grassi  Audi Sport Team Abt 1'02.275 0.111
3 france Jean-Eric Vergne  Techeetah 1'02.286 0.122
4 germany Nick Heidfeld  Mahindra Racing 1'02.562 0.398
5 germany Daniel Abt  Audi Sport Team Abt 1'02.588 0.424
6 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NIO 1'02.813 0.649
7 germany Maro Engel  Venturi 1'02.839 0.675
8 portugal Antonio Felix da Costa  Andretti Autosport 1'02.855 0.691
9 united_kingdom Oliver Turvey  NextEV NIO 1'02.877 0.713
10 france Loic Duval  Dragon Racing 1'02.882 0.718
11 france Stephane Sarrazin  Venturi 1'02.915 0.751
12 france Nicolas Prost  Renault e.dams 1'02.997 0.833
13  Esteban Gutierrez Techeetah 1'03.055 0.891
14 netherlands Robin Frijns  Andretti Autosport 1'03.187 1.023
15 united_kingdom Sam Bird  DS Virgin Racing 1'03.194 1.030
16 argentina Jose Maria Lopez  DS Virgin Racing 1'03.297 1.133
17 new_zealand Mitch Evans  Jaguar Racing 1'03.700 1.536
18 belgium Jerome d'Ambrosio  Dragon Racing 1'03.747 1.583
19 sweden Felix Rosenqvist  Mahindra Racing 1'03.760 1.596
20 united_kingdom Adam Carroll  Jaguar Racing 1'04.176 2.012
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Series Formula E
Event Mexico City ePrix
Sub-event Saturday practice
Location Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Drivers Sébastien Buemi
Teams DAMS
Author Sam Smith
Article type Practice report