Nelson Piquet suffered a stuck throttle after an apparent software glitch in his NEXTEV car during Free Practice one this morning in Beijing.
The first ever Formula E Champion crashed exiting the pit-lane half-way through the 45-minute session inflicting damage to the left front corner of his car.
“It was strange, the throttle just stuck and I went in to the wall,” Piquet told Motorsport.com.
“I also had an issue with my other car. It was only a slow speed hit and the team are working on replacing the suspension now.”
Piquet has suffered a tough start to his second season with the NEXTEV team after also experiencing difficulties in yesterday’s collective test session.
Team-mate Oliver Turvey has had a largely untroubled first two sessions placing sixth and ninth respectively.
Earlier in the weekend NEXTEV co-owner Steven Lu told Motorsport.com that his team would get stronger as the season wore on.
“The technology we are running is in areas quite different to those around us,” he said.
“The tests were useful but of course there is no substitute for a racing environment. We are confident in what we have built but the racing miles will be very valuable for data collection in the first few events.”
The NEXTEV team is running an ‘in-series’ dual motor concept which uses just one gear run through a mechanical differential.