Lucas di Grassi was the fastest driver in Monaco during the opening practice session this morning for Audi ahead of Formula E’s Monaco E-Prix.
The Brazillian driver set a 50.183s and got very close to breaking the 50-second barrier on the 1.765km circuit.
Sam Bird was second fastest in the Audi-powered Envision Virgin Racing entry ahead of Mitch Evans for Jaguar, despite a big lock-up at Sainte Devote and Alex Sims for BMW i Andretti Sport, with a lockup into the hairpin at Turn 3 for the British driver.
Sebastien Buemi was fifth quickest for Nissan e.dams and was followed by the second BMW entry of Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns in the other of the Envision Virgin run Audis.
Andre Lotterer was ninth fastest for DS Techeetah ahead of Nissan’s Oliver Rowland, despite a lurid moment just before the first part of the Swimming Pool Chicane and Stoffel Vandoorne was 11th for HWA.
Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio was 12th ahead of Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez and the Venturi of Edoardo Mortara
Tom Dillmann was 15th quickest in the NIO ahead of Pascal Wehrlein in the second of the Mahindra’s and Daniel Abt was 17th for Audi.
Alex Lynn set the 18th fastest time in the session and was followed by Max Guenther in the Dragon with Garry Paffett rounding out the top 20 for HWA and Felipe Massa was 21st.
Oliver Turvey was 22nd but had a suspected issue with his car early on and pitted after seven laps meaning he was unable to set a representative lap time with the full 250kw of power.