Sébastien Buemi topped the first practice session of the Punta del Este ePrix; followed by Mitch Evans and Lucas di Grassi.
At 8am local time, drivers started driving on the streets of Punta del Este with the sun still rising. Renault e.dams’ Sébastien Buemi dominated the standings early on, showing a dominant pace on a circuit that has seen him winning twice already.
Latest Formula E race winner Daniel Abt was able to position himself among the Top 3, as well as MS&AD Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa. Mitch Evans quickly climbed up to the Top 3 as well.
Oliver Turvey, a driver who has already driven by the Brava Beach, climbed on top of the standings and remained there for several minutes. The Brit comes from scoring his first podium in Formula E.
Teammate Luca Filippi struggled in the early stages of the session, dealing with the kerbs and spinning in Sector 2.
Felix Rosenqvist gave a masterclass on how to dominate a car with a dirty track surface and unforgiving walls, saving it from kissing the walls. The Swede later spun in the same place as Filippi, but was able to be back in action.
Halfway through the session, both Audi cars topped the standings, with reigning champion Lucas di Grassi in P1, and teammate Daniel Abt following him.
Venturi’s Maro Engel reported ‘something strange’ on the radio, as he ran wide in Sector 2. This part of the track proved to be the most challenging one in FP1.
Sam Bird took his DS Virgin Racing car to P2; whereas TECHEETAH’s Jean Eric Vergne climbed up to P1 at the track that saw him make his Formula E debut in 2014, when he scored Pole Position.
Season 2 pole sitter Jérôme d’Ambrosio put his car in P6 with 15 minutes to go. José María López was positioned within the Top 10 during the early stages of the race, but then dropped to P13.
Di Grassi set the track’s fastest lap ever, which allowed him to climb up to P1.
Damage on Buemi’s rear wing cost the Swiss to take his car back to the garage for it to be repaired. Teammate Nico Prost spent some time at the bottom of the standings, to later climb up to P5.
Mitch Evans’ car stopped at the pitlane exit, while Nelson Piquet Jr. was running in P3. The Punta del Este ePrix track saw him scoring his first ever Formula E podium on the campaign that would later crown him as the series’ first ever champion.
Punta del Este seems to be a track that suits Oliver Turvey, as the ginger driver was able to be back in the Top 5.
After the damage he got at the back of his car, Sébastien Buemi was back in action and quickly topped the standings again.
Circuit rookie Alex Lynn put his DS Virgin Racing car in P3 with less than five minutes until the session finished.
Towards the end of the session, Felix Rosenqvist spun in Sector 2, running in P19. Nick Heidfeld, who was running at the bottom of the standings, was later able to climb up to P13.
A lockup caused Piquet Jr. to miss P1, whilst his teammate was able to climb up to P2.
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