New York ePrix: Rosenqvist and Lynn top practice sessions

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New York ePrix: Rosenqvist and Lynn top practice sessions
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Jul 15, 2017, 3:25 PM

Mahindra's Felix Rosenqvist was fastest in the second practice of Formula E's New York ePrix despite damaging his car at the end of his best lap, as series debutant Alex Lynn impressed in the wet FP1.

Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
Nicolas Prost, Renault e.Dams
Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing

Rosenqvist, who excelled in the previous Formula E round in Berlin, set a time of 1m02.423s late in FP2 and took the lead by nearly half a second, even though the Swede hit the wall at the end of his flyer.

He smashed into the barriers with his right rear at the exit of the final turn, breaking his suspension and ending his session five minutes early.

Lucas Di Grassi's car subsequently stopped on track, bringing out full-course yellows.

It was back to green with less than two minutes left and Nick Heidfeld jumped into second to complete a Mahindra 1-2, albeit still 0.316s behind his teammate.

Renault e.dams driver Nicolas Prost was best of the rest, the Frenchman narrowly outpacing Virgin Racing's Sam Bird.

Abt duo Di Grassi and Daniel Abt were fifth and sixth respectively.

While FP2 was held under sunny conditions, the first practice was held on a wet but drying track.

With conditions continuously improving, it was Formula E debutant Alex Lynn who ended up on top with a last-minute effort.

Lynn, replacement of Jose Maria Lopez, who is racing in FIA WEC at the Nurburgring, was followed by his Virgin Racing teammate Bird and Rosenqvist.

He then took 10th in the second practice, less than a second off the pace.

Pierre Gasly, who drives absent points leader Sebastien Buemi's Renault e.dams machinery, had a more low-key start to the weekend as he took 17th and 15th in the two practices.

Fellow Frenchman Tom Dillmann stopped on track in the first practice and missed the first half of the running before only taking 19th in FP2.

 

Combined practice times

Pos.DriverTeamTimeGap
1 sweden Felix Rosenqvist  Mahindra Racing 1'02.423  
2 germany Nick Heidfeld  Mahindra Racing 1'02.739 0.316
3 france Nicolas Prost  DAMS 1'02.856 0.433
4 united_kingdom Sam Bird  Virgin Racing 1'02.879 0.456
5 brazil Lucas Di Grassi  Audi Sport Team Abt 1'02.916 0.493
6 germany Daniel Abt  Audi Sport Team Abt 1'02.974 0.551
7 france Loïc Duval  Dragon Racing 1'03.058 0.635
8 new_zealand Mitch Evans  Jaguar Racing 1'03.262 0.839
9 netherlands Robin Frijns  Andretti Autosport 1'03.342 0.919
10 united_kingdom Alex Lynn  Virgin Racing 1'03.351 0.928
11 portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti Autosport 1'03.395 0.972
12 france Jean-Éric Vergne  Techeetah 1'03.452 1.029
13 france Stéphane Sarrazin  Techeetah 1'03.478 1.055
14 united_kingdom Oliver Turvey  China Racing 1'03.499 1.076
15 france Pierre Gasly  DAMS 1'03.558 1.135
16 united_kingdom Adam Carroll  Jaguar Racing 1'03.754 1.331
17 germany Maro Engel  Venturi 1'03.887 1.464
18 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr China Racing 1'03.918 1.495
19 france Tom Dillmann  Venturi 1'04.160 1.737
20 belgium Jerome d'Ambrosio  Dragon Racing 1'04.343 1.920
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