Vergne ends opening day of second Formula E test on top

Jean-Eric Vergne led the pack on the first day of Formula E's second pre-season test at Donington Park, lapping within 0.006s of the lap record he established in the first test.

Vergne ends opening day of second Formula E test on top

The Techeetah driver was the first man to dip into the 1m29s, clocking the fastest lap of 1m29.640s with around an hour remaining, but just falling short of his 1m29.634s benchmark from last month.

Vergne was followed by DS Virgin's Sam Bird, the best of the drivers who had been travelling back from the WEC 6 Hours of Mexico last weekend, with a best time 0.284s off the pace.

Renault's Nicolas Prost slotted himself in third and was the only other driver to breach the 90-second barrier, 0.330s back from countryman Vergne.

That pushed Dragon's Jerome D'Ambrosio to fourth, with reigning champion Sebastien Buemi completing the top five, just over half a second slower than Vergne.

The Swiss driver missed the morning session entirely, having travelled back from Mexico. Venturi duo Stephane Sarrazin and Maro Engel were also absent for the morning.

Behind, Daniel Abt in the lead Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport car ended sixth, with Jaguar's Adam Carroll recording the team's best testing time yet in seventh. The British marque's new signing Mitch Evans ended the day in 14th.

DS Virgin's Jose Maria Lopez was eighth fastest having topping the one-hour morning session, which began in damp conditinos, fresh from provisionally winning his third WTCC title in Japan.

The top 10 was completed by Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld and Techeetah's Ma Qing Hua.

In all there were nine red flag stoppages during the day, one of which was caused by a crash for Andretti's Antonio Felix da Costa.

The second Andretti car of Robin Frijns and Dragon's Loic Duval were also responsible for delays.

Day 1 times (afternoon):

 PosDriver Team Time  Gap 
 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 1'29.640  
 Sam Bird DS-Virgin 1'29.924 0.284
 Nicolas Prost Renault 1'29.970 0.330
 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1'30.013 0.373
 Sebastien Buemi Renault 1'30.159 0.519
 Daniel Abt ABT Schaeffler 1'30.200 0.560
 Adam Carroll Jaguar 1'30.713 1.073
 Jose Maria Lopez DS-Virgin 1'30.852 1.212
 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 1'30.885 1.245
10   Ma Qing Hua Techeetah 1'31.181 1.541
11   Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler 1'31.231 1.591
12   Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1'31.538 1.898
13   Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti 1'31.559 1.919
14   Mitch Evans Jaguar 1'31.699 2.059
15   Maro Engel Venturi 1'32.371 2.731
16   Nelson Piquet Jr. NEXTEV TCR 1'32.493 2.853
17   Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra 1'32.694 3.054
18   Loic Duval Dragon 1'32.786 3.146
19   Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR 1'33.183 3.543
20   Robin Frijns Andretti 1'33.236 3.596
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