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Di Grassi fastest in disrupted second practice session

Lucas di Grassi topped a disrupted second practice session by half a second at the Punta del Este ePrix.

The reigning champion set a 1:13.672 on a 200kW lap to top the timesheets, ahead of DS Virgin’s Sam Bird and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans.

There was a red flag during the session after Andretti’s Tom Blomqvist crashed at the Turn 10/11 chicane.

The British driver appeared to hit the wall on the exit of Turn 9. Then, at the chicane, he hit the sausage kerb before his car spun with the rear hitting the wall.

The rear left wheel seemed to drag along the wall, causing damage to the back of the car.

Di Grassi set his 200kW lap after the red flag although some drivers opted to go straight into a qualifying lap at the start of the session.

It meant that drivers such as Season 2 champion Sebastien Buemi set a lap time that was compromised by traffic.

Behind the front three of Di Grassi, Bird and Evans were NIO’s Oliver Turvey and Renault e.Dams’ Nico Prost.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne was sixth, ahead of Edoardo Mortara, Nick Heidfeld and Blomqvist.

Buemi’s early 200kW was his best lap of the session, putting him in 11th, ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa, Luca Filippi, Jerome d’Ambrosio and Maro Engel.

Nelson Piquet was 16th although he also did not set a representative lap time, his car attempting to slide away from him at the final corner.

Daniel Abt, Andre Lotterer, Jose Maria Lopez and Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the order.

PosForenameSurnameLapsGap
1LucasDI GRASSI1301:13.672
2SamBIRD140.408
3MitchEVANS140.463
4OliverTURVEY130.595
5NicolasPROST120.598
6Jean-EricVERGNE90.728
7EdoardoMORTARA150.736
8NickHEIDFELD120.832
9TomBLOMQVIST130.864
10AlexLYNN140.930
11SébastienBUEMI111.007
12Antonio FelixDA COSTA101.196
13LucaFILIPPI131.370
14JérômeD'AMBROSIO111.398
15MaroENGEL171.399
16NelsonPIQUET131.498
17DanielABT131.952
18AndréLOTTERER102.028
19José MariaLOPEZ122.040
20FelixROSENQVIST142.187

 

 

Jack Amey

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