Mexico City ePrix: Buemi tops FP1 by half a second

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Mexico City ePrix: Buemi tops FP1 by half a second
Sam Smith
By: Sam Smith
Apr 1, 2017, 3:08 PM

Sebastien Buemi went straight from the airport to P1 in the first practice session of the Mexico City ePrix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Loic Duval, Dragon Racing
Loic Duval, Dragon Racing
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
Robin Frijns, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
Esteban Gutiérrez, Techeetah
Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing
Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah
Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team

The Renault e.dams driver claimed the top spot with a time of 1m02.222s at full 200Kw power despite being held up by Fprmula E debutant Esteban Gutierrez.

Buemi, who is chasing a fourth consecutive Formula E victory after completing a 16-hour commute from Monza to Mexico City overnight, headed Faraday Future Dragon teammates Loic Duval and Jerome d’Ambrosio by just over half a second on a remarkably dusty circuit.

Jean-Eric Vergne ended the first session in fourth position as the fastest of the 170Kw drivers. However, the Frenchman was placed under investigation for allegedly cutting the final chicane with his Renault-powered car.                                               

The Techeetah driver, along with new teammate Gutierrez, was handed a three-place suspended grid penalty after exceeding the power allowance in Friday’s shakedown session.

Gutierrez ended the session in 19th position, as he continued to adapt to the all-electric formula.

Robin Frijns hustled his Andretti ATEC-02 to fifth place on a 200Kw lap, the Dutchman heading Sam Bird (DS Virgin), Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi), and the Abt Audi duo of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.

Mitch Evans, who was the first driver to try a 200kW qualifying simulation lap, rounded out the top 10.

While the Jaguar driver set the quickest sector one, a scrappy second and third sector saw him claim an initial third position. This eventually became 10th by the time the session ended.

Receiving grid penalties for Saturday’s race are both Venturi drivers Maro Engel and Sarrazin.

The pair will drop 10 places on the grid for gearbox changes after the team had already played their technical jokers earlier in the season.

Engel suffered misfortune with another stoppage in one of his Venturi VM200-FE-02. The German was left temporarily stranded on the circuit, causing a brief Full Course Yellow.

Many cars endured spins during the session including Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra), Frijns (Andretti) and Nelson Piquet (NextEV).

FP1 results

 DriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 switzerland Sebastien Buemi  Renault e.dams 29 1'02.222  
2 france Loic Duval  Dragon Racing 27 1'02.727 0.505
3 belgium Jerome d'Ambrosio  Dragon Racing 22 1'02.923 0.701
4 france Jean-Eric Vergne  Techeetah 29 1'03.224 1.002
5 netherlands Robin Frijns  Andretti Autosport 29 1'03.319 1.097
6 united_kingdom Sam Bird  DS Virgin Racing 26 1'03.405 1.183
7 france Stephane Sarrazin  Venturi 29 1'03.421 1.199
8 brazil Lucas Di Grassi  Audi Sport Team Abt 32 1'03.462 1.240
9 germany Daniel Abt  Audi Sport Team Abt 32 1'03.578 1.356
10 new_zealand Mitch Evans  Jaguar Racing 28 1'03.621 1.399
11 sweden Felix Rosenqvist  Mahindra Racing 29 1'03.706 1.484
12 france Nicolas Prost  Renault e.dams 27 1'03.761 1.539
13 argentina Jose Maria Lopez DS Virgin Racing 27 1'03.807 1.585
14 germany Nick Heidfeld  Mahindra Racing 29 1'03.841 1.619
15 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr NextEV NIO 33 1'03.934 1.712
16 united_kingdom Oliver Turvey  NextEV NIO 33 1'04.052 1.830
17 portugal António Felix da Costa  Andretti Autosport 32 1'04.117 1.895
18 germany Maro Engel  Venturi 27 1'04.330 2.108
19  Esteban Gutierrez Techeetah 34 1'04.335 2.113
20 united_kingdom Adam Carroll  Jaguar Racing 26 1'04.700 2.478
 
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Series Formula E
Event Mexico City ePrix
Location Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Drivers Sébastien Buemi
Teams DAMS
Author Sam Smith
Article type Practice report