New York ePrix: Abt tops wet practice, Bird and Rosenqvist crash

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New York ePrix: Abt tops wet practice, Bird and Rosenqvist crash
Charles Bradley
By: Charles Bradley
Jul 15, 2018, 1:19 PM

Daniel Abt topped the only practice session ahead of the Formula E season-four finale in New York, as he seeks redemption for yesterday’s race, which he felt Audi teammate Lucas di Grassi robbed from him.

Abt felt there had been a "miscommunication" over the radio, and wasn't expecting di Grassi to attack and overtake him for the lead on Saturday. Team chief Allan McNish said the matter had been discussed and put to bed.

“We spoke about it last night and cleared the air in every way,” said McNish. “It was a fantastic result overall. We have two drivers who want to fight, and sometimes they want to occupy the same part of the track. Only one can actually win, but we’ve got two guys who can deliver.”

Morning thunderstorms meant a rare wet session for the series, and drivers were keen to learn the grip levels during the 45-minute period with more showers forecast through the day.

Virgin’s Sam Bird hit the wall after losing control under braking for Turn 14 early on, while Jose-Maria Lopez performed a 360 in his Dragon car without hitting anything.

On a drying track, the top spot changed hands between Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt, Sebastien Buemi and Antonio Felix da Costa.

The drizzle intensified towards the end, which solidified Abt’s position at the head of the times with a lap of 1m18.699s. Mitch Evans was second for Jaguar, just 0.097s slower, ahead of da Costa, Buemi, di Grassi and Stephane Sarrazin.

Felix Rosenqvist was a late crasher, swiping the front wing from his Mahindra after locking up and going straight on at Turn 11. “I’m fine,” he reported. “The hit was straight on, but I was surprised I was able to drive it back.”

Newly-crowned champion Jean-Eric Vergne was eighth fastest, behind Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer.

PosDriverTeamTimeGap
1 germany  Daniel Abt  germany  Team Abt 1'18.699  
2 new_zealand  Mitch Evans  united_kingdom  Jaguar Racing 1'18.796 0.097
3 portugal  Antonio Felix da Costa  united_states  Andretti Autosport 1'18.970 0.271
4 switzerland  Sébastien Buemi  france  DAMS 1'19.052 0.353
5 brazil  Lucas di Grassi  germany  Team Abt 1'19.053 0.354
6 france  Stéphane Sarrazin  united_states  Andretti Autosport 1'19.472 0.773
7 germany  Andre Lotterer  china  Techeetah 1'19.516 0.817
8 france  Jean-Eric Vergne  china  Techeetah 1'19.590 0.891
9 sweden  Felix Rosenqvist  india  Mahindra Racing 1'19.695 0.996
10 united_kingdom  Sam Bird  united_kingdom  Virgin Racing 1'19.890 1.191
11 germany  Maro Engel  monaco  Venturi 1'19.913 1.214
12 france  Nicolas Prost  france  DAMS 1'19.944 1.245
13 france  Tom Dillmann  monaco  Venturi 1'19.965 1.266
14 brazil  Nelson Piquet Jr.  united_kingdom  Jaguar Racing 1'20.149 1.450
15 united_kingdom  Alex Lynn  united_kingdom  Virgin Racing 1'20.480 1.781
16 argentina  Jose Maria Lopez  united_states  Dragon Racing 1'20.519 1.820
17 germany  Nick Heidfeld  india  Mahindra Racing 1'20.680 1.981
18 italy  Luca Filippi  china  NIO Formula E Team 1'21.120 2.421
19 belgium  Jérôme d'Ambrosio  united_states  Dragon Racing 1'21.399 2.700
20 china  Ma Quinghua  china  NIO Formula E Team 1'22.140 3.441
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Series Formula E
Event New York ePrix
Location Brooklyn Street Circuit
Author Charles Bradley
Article type Practice report