Berlin ePrix: Lopez leads Rosenqvist in Sunday practice

Jose Maria Lopez set the fastest time of Formula E’s Berlin weekend so far to top practice for Sunday’s race.

Berlin ePrix: Lopez leads Rosenqvist in Sunday practice
 Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, crosses the line to win the race
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The DS Virgin Racing driver leapt to the top of the times midway through FP2, deposing Saturday’s race winner Felix Rosenqvist in the process.

Rosenqvist set the early pace on a 1m07.753s, which Lopez edged by almost a tenth to set a new Tempelhof record of 1m07.670s.

Lopez’s effort meant Sebastien Buemi’s hold of the lap record lasted little more than an hour – the Renault e.dams driver having topped FP1 with a 1m07.712s.

Buemi was in the clear in the opening session, opting for full-power 200kW laps while the other frontrunners focused on race-power runs.

In FP2 he left his qualifying simulation until the last moment, then jumped to third with a 1m07.782s.

That dropped the second DS Virgin of Sam Bird to fourth ahead of Daniel Abt.

A lurid Jean-Eric Vergne ended up sixth-fastest, having lost time with a sideways moment through the final corner.

Lucas di Grassi lapped faster than his Saturday pole time but was still only ninth fastest, half a second off the pace, as a host of drivers improved in warm conditions and with the track at its most rubbered-in.

FP4 Results:

ClaDriverTeamTimeGap
1 argentina Jose Maria Lopez  united_kingdom Virgin Racing 1'07.670  
2 sweden Felix Rosenqvist  india Mahindra Racing 1'07.753 0.083
3 switzerland Sébastien Buemi  france DAMS 1'07.782 0.112
4 united_kingdom Sam Bird  united_kingdom Virgin Racing 1'07.916 0.246
5 germany Daniel Abt  germany Team Abt 1'08.034 0.364
6 france Jean-Eric Vergne  china Techeetah 1'08.078 0.408
7 france Nicolas Prost  france DAMS 1'08.159 0.489
8 united_kingdom Oliver Turvey  china NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 1'08.186 0.516
9 brazil Lucas di Grassi  germany Team Abt 1'08.206 0.536
10 germany Maro Engel  monaco Venturi 1'08.388 0.718
11 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.  china NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 1'08.530 0.860
12 france Loic Duval  united_states Dragon Racing 1'08.669 0.999
13 germany Nick Heidfeld  india Mahindra Racing 1'08.683 1.013
14 portugal Antonio Felix da Costa  united_states Andretti Autosport 1'08.875 1.205
15 france Stéphane Sarrazin  china Techeetah 1'08.931 1.261
16 netherlands Robin Frijns  united_states Andretti Autosport 1'09.030 1.360
17 belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio  united_states Dragon Racing 1'09.076 1.406
18 france Tom Dillmann  monaco Venturi 1'09.230 1.560
19 new_zealand Mitch Evans  united_kingdom Jaguar Racing 1'09.290 1.620
20 united_kingdom Adam Carroll  united_kingdom Jaguar Racing 1'09.944 2.274
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