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Photo from behind and above of Mitch Evans in his Jaguar Formula E car on track as he goes past a corner. The red lights are on at the back of his car.

Late flyer puts Evans top in Diriyah FP3

A late flying lap put Mitch Evans top of the order in final free practice ahead of the second Diriyah E-Prix. 

The Jaguar Racing driver took the chequered flag with a time of 1m09.092s to knock Dan Ticktum off the top spot.  

Ticktum had spent most of the second half of the session at the top of the order. The NIO 333 driver managed a lap time of 1m09.241s. He continued to set flying laps after that point, but couldn’t find an improvement. At one point, Ticktum set the fastest first sector and was flying in sector two, but traffic in the final sector meant he couldn’t improve. 

Despite this, he remained top of the order, with the rest of the field edging closer to his fastest time before Evans pipped him at the line with a time 0.149s quicker. 

Jean-Eric Vergne was third quickest ahead of Norman Nato and Sam Bird. 

The McLaren drivers once again showed pace. Jake Hughes set the pace in the first 10 minutes of the session, but was knocked down to P2 by Sebastien Buemi. Buemi and Sergio Setti Camara swapped fastest laps before Ticktum went quickest. 

Rene Rast would beat both Buemi and team-mate Hughes, finishing the session sixth quickest, with Buemi P7 and Hughes P8.  

Stoffel Vandoorne and Andre Lotterer rounded out the top 10. 

The session was relatively incident free, with a few drivers taking to the run off areas at points. A wide moment for Lucas Di Grassi at Turn 18 meant the Mahindra car made contact with the wall, but he was able to continue. 

Bethonie Waring

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