Vergne leads the way in shortened second practice

Jean-Eric Vergne set the fastest time in a shortened second practice session at Battersea Park this morning, heading championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr by 0.325s.

Piquet completed his time despite a sizeable brush with the wall at the final corner. The Brazilian radioed through to his NEXTEV TCR team in the dying moments of the session, suggesting he could have gone much quicker if it were not for a few small errors.

e-DAMS drivers Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi both had periods at the head of the timing screens, but ultimately fell back to third and sixth respectively.

Jerome D’Ambrosio, in his repaired Dragon Racing machine, placed fourth. The Belgian’s broken rear pushrod this morning necessitated a modification of the quick turn one corner, which delayed the start of the session and reduced it from 45 minutes in length to half an hour.

Tech-Pro barrier has been positioned on the inside of the left hand corner to change the trajectory for the drivers, thus by-passing the middle of a large bump in the tarmac.

Piquet’s title nemesis Lucas Di Grassi placed fifth in his Audi Abt Spark-Renault, while Buemi in sixth shared an identical time to seventh placed Daniel Abt on 1m26.433s. The Swiss claimed the position by dint of setting his time first.

As per the first practice session, there were incidents aplenty. Amlin Aguri driver Salvador Duran had a trip down the Turn 11 escape road, while team mate Sakon Yamamoto glanced the final corner tech-pro wall and was forced to pit with front wing damage.

Qualifying for the penultimate round of the FIA Formula E Championship will take place at 12.00pm local time, with four groups of five drivers taking to the track in the usual ten minute sessions.

It has also been confirmed that the race will start behind the Safety Car, the unusually narrow track width making a normal start impossible.

Session times:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti Autosport Formula E Team 1'25.351  
Nelson Piquet Jr. China Racing Formula E Team 1'25.676 0.325
Nicolas Prost Team e.dams Renault 1'26.010 0.659
Jerome D'Ambrosio Dragon Racing Formula E Team 1'26.299 0.948
Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team 1'26.358 1.007
Sebastien Buemi Team e.dams Renault 1'26.433 1.082
Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team 1'26.443 1.092
Stephane Sarrazin VENTURI Formula E Team 1'26.517 1.166
Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri 1'26.658 1.307
10  Nick Heidfeld VENTURI Formula E Team 1'26.891 1.540
11  Oliver Turvey China Racing Formula E Team 1'27.242 1.891
12  Sam Bird Virgin Racing Formula E Team 1'27.822 2.471
13  Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 1'27.945 2.594
14  Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Formula E Team 1'28.214 2.863
15  Jarno Trulli Trulli Formula E Team 1'28.390 3.039
16  Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 1'28.504 3.153
17  Fabio Leimer Virgin Racing Formula E Team 1'28.621 3.270
18  Sakon Yamamoto Amlin Aguri 1'28.734 3.383
19  Alex Fontana Trulli Formula E Team 1'29.204 3.853
20  Loic Duval Dragon Racing Formula E Team 1'29.825 4.474

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Series Formula E
Event London ePrix
Track Streets of London
Drivers Jean-Eric Vergne
Teams Andretti Autosport
Article type Practice report