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Bird tops event-packed FP1

DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird topped the first non-qualifying practice of the Santiago ePrix, as the session was finished earlier than expected due to red flags displayed on track.

Renault e.dams and DS Virgin showed strong pace at the start of the session as Buemi, Bird, and Lynn topped the times for several minutes.

Many drivers were able to top the standings afterwards. Felix Rosenqvist, Lucas di Grassi, and Daniel Abt were able to maintain that lead for several minutes.

Mahindra Racing’s Swede stopped on track, causing him to take his car back to the pits for it to be repaired. Rosenqvist was not the only one to struggle in the session, as Luca Filippi stopped on track several times.

Halfway through the session, Sébastien Buemi touched the wall, damaging his right-rear suspension. The Season 2 champion had to take his car back to the garage to be repaired.

As the session went on, Lucas di Grassi was able to be back on top of the standings. Mortara and López showcased brilliant drives and were able to make it to the top three.

With less than ten minutes to go, TECHEETAH’s Jean Eric Vergne was able to go P1, followed by Mitch Evans, who remained within the top 10 all throughout the session.

At the end of FP1, Maro Engel crashed into a barrier, causing red flags to be displayed. Race direction decided to finish the session in that moment.

Sam Bird was P1 as the session was finished, followed by Felix Rosenqvist – who was able to go out on track again after his car was repaired - with Jean Eric Vergne completing the top three.

PosForenameSurnameLapsGap
1SamBIRD1801:19.439
2FelixROSENQVIST230.207
3Jean-EricVERGNE200.262
4MitchEVANS200.380
5AndréLOTTERER190.385
6AlexLYNN200.468
7José MariaLOPEZ160.737
8EdoardoMORTARA230.826
9OliverTURVEY210.870
10NelsonPIQUET200.957
11LucasDI GRASSI200.966
12DanielABT211.038
13SébastienBUEMI181.146
14NicolasPROST191.375
15NickHEIDFELD181.513
16JérômeD'AMBROSIO171.594
17LucaFILIPPI161.785
18MaroENGEL222.431
19TomBLOMQVIST183.941
20Antonio FelixDA COSTA134.177

Andrea Perilli

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