Paris ePrix: Buemi heads di Grassi in first practice

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Paris ePrix: Buemi heads di Grassi in first practice
Sam Smith
By: Sam Smith
Apr 23, 2016, 7:14 AM

Sebastien Buemi set the pace in the first track running for the inaugural Paris ePrix, later today.

Atmosphere in the pitlane
Starting grid overview
Drivers group photo
Circuit overview turn seven
Renault e.Dams detail
Stéphane Sarrazin, Venturi
Ma Qing Hua, Team Aguri
Circuit overview turn nine

The Renault e.dams driver set a best lap of 1m02.841s to head title rival Lucas Di Grassi who finished 0.140s further back, in the first practice session this morning.

Buemi, who is one point behind di Grassi heading in to the Paris race, set the best lap using the full 200kW qualifying power in his Renault z.e15.

Stephane Sarrazin was third in his Venturi ahead of Sam Bird (DS virgin) who set his time on the final lap.

Sarrazin’s teammate Mike Conway placed fifth with the first Dragon car of Loic Duval at sixth ahead of Daniel Abt.

The top 10 was rounded off by Mahindra duo Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld at eighth and ninth, with reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr. 10th. 

The top 14 cars during the session were separated by just 0.9s

Mexico ePrix winner Jerome D’Ambrosio stopped his Dragon Racing car at turn eight midway through the session bringing out a red flag to retrieve the car.

Nicolas Prost, Senna, Buemi and Abt all had trips down the escape road during the session. Abt almost collected Prost upon returning to the track but contact was just avoided.

New Formula E driver Ma Qing Hua suffered a nightmare start in his Team Aguri car as he initially failed to leave the pitlane in one of his car.

The first Chinese born driver, eventually set a time, to finish 17th, as he set about learning the Spark-Renault package.

FP1 results:

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1 SwitzerlandSébastien Buemi  FranceDAMS 1:02.841   26
2 BrazilLucas di Grassi  GermanyTeam Abt 1:02.981 +0.140 26
3 FranceStéphane Sarrazin  MonacoVenturi 1:03.032 +0.191 24
4 United KingdomSam Bird  United KingdomVirgin Racing 1:03.099 +0.258 28
5 United KingdomMike Conway  MonacoVenturi 1:03.228 +0.387 24
6 FranceLoic Duval  United StatesDragon Racing 1:03.365 +0.524 21
7 GermanyDaniel Abt  GermanyTeam Abt 1:03.474 +0.633 25
8 BrazilBruno Senna  IndiaMahindra Racing 1:03.570 +0.729 32
9 GermanyNick Heidfeld  IndiaMahindra Racing 1:03.611 +0.770 25
10 BrazilNelson Piquet Jr.  ChinaChina Racing 1:03.618 +0.777 28
11 FranceJean-Eric Vergne  United KingdomVirgin Racing 1:03.640 +0.799 24
12 NetherlandsRobin Frijns  United StatesAndretti Autosport 1:03.682 +0.841 22
13 PortugalAntonio Felix da Costa  JapanTeam Aguri 1:03.734 +0.893 17
14 SwitzerlandSimona de Silvestro  United StatesAndretti Autosport 1:03.789 +0.948 27
15 FranceNicolas Prost  FranceDAMS 1:03.855 +1.014 28
16 United KingdomOliver Turvey  ChinaChina Racing 1:03.903 +1.062 31
17 ChinaMa Qing Hua  JapanTeam Aguri 1:05.932 +3.091 13
18 BelgiumJérôme d'Ambrosio  United StatesDragon Racing 1:07.352 +4.511 14
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