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Pascal Werhlein driving the Porsche during pre-season testing

Wehrlein on top in Mexico FP2

Pascal Wehrlein sets the pace in the second Formula E free practice session ahead of the Mexico City E-Prix. 

The Porsche Formula E driver set a time of 1m13.496s in the closing stages of the session, a time still two-tenths of a second slower than that set by Jean-Eric Vergne in FP1. 

Andretti Formula E’s Jake Dennis beat the time on his final lap of the session. He set a 1m13.137s time as he took the chequered flag, but the lap time was deleted for track limits. As a result he dropped back to P7. 

There was drama early on for Sam Bird. The Jaguar Formula E team had had software issues during the opening free practice session, and it seemed they were continuing in the first 10 minutes of FP2. Bird pulled to a stop at the side of the track with locked brakes, but managed to get going again after a reset. 

The Jaguar driver headed to the pits, but got back out on track briefly later on. He ended FP2 P22. 

Also in trouble was Edoardo Mortara. Mortara had previously locked up at turn five and six and entered the run off area, but got away without any significant damage. He then hit the wall at the final corner, damaging the left rear corner of the car in a similar fashion to Rene Rast’s FP1 incident. 

He couldn’t make it back to the pits, but stopped off track. 

As in FP1, there were a few incidents of drivers going wide at turn one, including Jake Hughes. Hughes had set the pace early in the session with a time of 1m13.658s. He dropped down the order as lap times improved to place sixth fastest by the chequered flag. 

Ahead of him were the two DS Penske drivers. Vergne was second quickest, just 0.004s off Wehrlein’s time, while Vandoorne placed P5 with a time 0.115s quicker. Separating the two team-mates were Sergio Sette Camara in P3 and Mitch Evans in fourth. 

Sebastien Buemi took seventh quickest, ahead of Antonio Felix Da Costa and Lucas Di Grassi. 

Bethonie Waring

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