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da Costa leaves it late to go fastest in the wet

Normal service was resumed in this morning’s penultimate test session as BMW I Andretti Autosport’s Antonio Felix da Costa set a 1m24.870s on his final flying lap.

Despite the circuit completely sodden after heavy rain yesterday and overnight, most teams decided to venture out and gather data about how the Gen2 cars run in wet conditions.

The track did, however, get drier over the duration of the session and this led to a flurry of late improvements.

The session was red flagged three times earlier on with Daniel Abt getting stuck in the Turn 5 gravel trap, Nelson Piquet’s Jaguar returning on a low loader after stopping on track and Pascal Wehrlein also having a major off-track moment.

Jean-Eric Vergne was second fastest for DS Techeetah with Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein third fastest ahead of Alex Sims in the second of the BMW entries.

Lucas di Grassi was fifth fastest for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler ahead of the Virgin Racing-run Audi of Sam Bird and the Nissan of Sebastien Buemi.

Felipe Massa set the eighth quickest time for Venturi ahead of Dragon Racing’s Max Gunther and Andre Lotterer in the second of the DS Techeetahs rounded out the top 10.

Eleventh fastest was Dani Juncadella for HWA with the Spanish driver replacing Stoffel Vandoorne today due to the Belgian driver having to be at Austin for the Formula 1 race this weekend.

Jose Maria Lopez was 12th fastest in the other Dragon Racing entry ahead of the Jaguar pairing of Nelson Piquet and Mitch Evans.

Oliver Rowland was 15th on his first session since a one-off appearance for Mahindra at Punta del Este in Season 2 ahead of the NIOs of Tom Dillmann and Oliver Turvey.

Eighteenth fastest was Garry Paffett for HWA with Jerome d’Ambrosio 19th quickest for Mahindra.

Daniel Abt rounded out the top 20 for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler ahead of Edoardo Mortara’s Venturi and the Virgin Racing run Audi of Robin Frijns.

Rob Lomas

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