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Di Grassi tops Mexico FP1

Lucas Di Grassi topped the times in the opening free practice session ahead of the Mexico ePrix.

The reigning champion set a lap time of 1m01.158s, more than a second faster than last season’s pole position time from Oliver Turvey.

Di Grassi was the only driver to complete a lap time at full qualifying power. Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara was the fastest man running at 180kW, finishing 0.5s slower than Di Grassi.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Mitch Evans picked up third and fourth.

DS Virgin Racing bounced back from difficult races with some impressive lap times. Both Alex Lynn and Sam Bird spent most FP1 running at the sharp end of the times, with Lynn at the top of the times midway through the session. He dropped back to fifth by the chequered flag, with Bird finishing back in ninth.

A number of drivers were caught out on the dusty Mexican track as they explored the track limits, including Vergne and Nico Prost’s joint off at the chicane, but everyone managed to avoid contact with the walls.

The only driver to run into trouble was Andretti’s Tom Blomqvist, who briefly stopped on track. The Brit managed to get going again but was forced to return to the pits and ended the session 19th fastest.

Jose Maria Lopez and Felix Rosenqvsit finished sixth and seventh, ahead of Daniel Abt, who briefly led early in the session.

Sebastien Buemi rounded out the top 10.

PosForenameSurnameLapsGap
1LucasDI GRASSI2801:01.158
2EdoardoMORTARA360.362
3Jean-EricVERGNE310.472
4MitchEVANS270.669
5AlexLYNN260.691
6José MariaLOPEZ270.713
7FelixROSENQVIST320.736
8DanielABT310.740
9SamBIRD240.832
10SébastienBUEMI270.955
11Antonio FelixDA COSTA311.073
12NicolasPROST291.086
13AndréLOTTERER301.092
14JérômeD'AMBROSIO281.207
15NelsonPIQUET271.221
16NickHEIDFELD261.224
17OliverTURVEY341.278
18MaroENGEL331.477
19TomBLOMQVIST211.656
20LucaFILIPPI311.686

Bethonie Waring

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