Lucas Di Grassi was top of the order when, with six minutes left of the half hour session, drivers began to switch to 200kW for qualifying simulations, including Mortara. The Venturi driver came to a stop in the middle sector, bringing out the yellow flags and bringing an end to many flying laps.
He tried to get the car going again, but reported that nothing was working, and his Venturi remained on track until the end of the session.
It looked like that might bring the end to any improvements as drivers were forced to back off in the middle sector, but Evans, Daniel Abt, and Kamui Kobayashi all found improvements in the sector. Evans’ 1m02.875s lap was enough to put him at the top of the order. Abt, two tenths of a second slower than the Jaguar, moved up to P2, knocking his team-mate to third.
Di Grassi completed a flying lap in the final minute of the session, with purple sectors one and three, but backed off in the middle sector as he passed the stranded Venturi, costing him vital tenths of a second.
Oliver Turvey and Nick Heidfeld finished fourth and fifth, ahead of Sam Bird, Nelson Piquet, and Felix Rosenqvist, who brushed the wall in the final 10 minutes of the session.
Sebastien Buemi did a little more than brush the wall. About 10 minutes into free practice two, he locked up the rear tyres of his Renault e.dams as he tried to overtake a slower driver, hitting the wall at low speed. There didn’t appear to be too much damage and he made it back to the pits, where he switched cars for the remainder of the session. He wasn’t able to put in a flying lap before Mortara’s stoppage brought out the yellow flags, and finished the session 19th fastest.
Team-mate Nico Prost fared a little better, improving late in the session to go ninth quickest, ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa.
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