Sam Bird leads Putrajaya practice

Multiple cars encountered issues during the opening session of the race weekend.

Following a third place finish in the season-opener, Sam Bird has kept the momentum going as he led the way in practice for Virgin Racing, half a second clear of his closest rivals. Jerome d’Ambrosio and Sebastien Buemi trailed him in second and third.

The session was stopped on two occasions. The first red flag was displayed when Michela Cerruti lost a wheel and stopped on the circuit. The second came with just four minutes remaining, ending practice a little bit earlier. Nick Heidfeld made significant contact with the turn three barrier, causing major damage to the front and left front portion of the car.

Nelson Piquet Jr., who ran the most laps at 25, suffered a suspension failure in the right rear, which lifted the left front off the ground and caused the car to crab walk. A replay showed that he hit a bump wrong on this notably rough street circuit.

Practice 1 Results

1. Sam Bird

2. Jerome d'Ambrosio

3. Sebastian Buemi

4. Oriol Servia

5. Nico Prost

6. Karun Chandhok

7. Matthew Brabham

8. Franck Montagny

9. Nelson Piquet Jr.

10. Jarno Trulli

11. Bruno Senna

12. Jaime Alguersuari

13. Lucas di Grassi

14. Daniel Abt

15. Stephane Sarrazin

16. Nick Heidfeld

17. Katherine Legge

18. Antonio Felix da Costa

19. Ho-Pin Tung

20. Michela Cerruti

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About this article
Series Formula E
Event Putrajaya ePrix
Track Streets of Putrajaya
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Nick Heidfeld , Franck Montagny , Oriol Servia , Stéphane Sarrazin , Nelson Piquet Jr. , Katherine Legge , Karun Chandhok , Ho-Pin Tung , Lucas di Grassi , Bruno Senna , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , Sam Bird , Sébastien Buemi , Jaime Alguersuari , Antonio Felix da Costa , Michela Cerruti , Daniel Abt , Matt Brabham
Teams DS Virgin Racing , Trulli
Article type Practice report
Tags dragon racing, e.dams-renault, virgin racing