Berlin ePrix: Points leader Vergne tops practice
Formula E points championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne set the fastest lap across the two Berlin ePrix practice sessions to head the times ahead of Mahindra's Felix Rosenqvist.
Audi driver Lucas di Grassi held the top spot for much of the 30-minute FP2 session – where all drivers except Nick Heidfeld improved their best times from Saturday’s earlier 45-minute FP1 running.
As FP2 entered the closing stages, most drivers went for a second full-power lap on 200kW, with Rosenqvist deposing di Grassi at the top of times.
But Vergne, who had flirted with the barrier at the exit of the high-speed Turn 7 left-hander earlier in the session, swept around the Tempelhof Airport track to set a best time of 1m09.438s.
The put him 0.095s clear of Rosenqvist, who is third in the title standings 61 adrift of Vergne.
Vergne’s Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer leapt up the order to grab third place in the overall practice times with a late improvement.
Reigning champion di Grassi ended up fourth, 0.146s behind Vergne, with 2015/16 title winner Sebastien Buemi sixth for Renault e.dams.
Audi’s home driver Daniel Abt was sixth, with Jerome d’Ambrosio seventh for Dragon.
Heidfeld topped the times in FP1 with his lap of 1m09.697s, which put him eighth in the combined order after FP2, where he was 12th fastest.
DS Virgin's Alex Lynn and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans rounded out the top 10 ahead of Vergne's nearest title rival Sam Bird in the second DS Virgin car.
Tom Dillmann was 19th quickest in the combined practice times for Venturi as he replaces Edoardo Mortara, who is racing for Mercedes in DTM at the Lausitzring this weekend.
Stephane Sarrazin – replacing Tom Blomqvist at Andretti for the rest of the FE season – ended up 20th and last in the combined practice standings.
The veteran Frenchman caused a lengthy red flag in FP1 when he went into the barriers at the long, circular Turn 1 left-hander, a result of his throttle still being partially engaged when he hit the brakes for the corner.
Second practice results:
|2||19||Felix Rosenqvist||Mahindra Racing||1'09.533||0.095|
|4||1||Lucas di Grassi||Team Abt||1'09.584||0.146|
|6||66||Daniel Abt||Team Abt||1'09.636||0.198|
|7||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||1'09.682||0.244|
|8||36||Alex Lynn||Virgin Racing||1'09.883||0.445|
|9||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1'09.945||0.507|
|10||2||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||1'09.946||0.508|
|11||16||Oliver Turvey||NIO Formula E Team||1'09.982||0.544|
|12||23||Nick Heidfeld||Mahindra Racing||1'10.037||0.599|
|13||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Jaguar Racing||1'10.132||0.694|
|15||6||Jose Maria Lopez||Dragon Racing||1'10.378||0.940|
|16||68||Luca Filippi||NIO Formula E Team||1'10.426||0.988|
|17||28||Antonio Felix da Costa||Andretti Autosport||1'10.434||0.996|
|20||27||Stéphane Sarrazin||Andretti Autosport||1'10.735||1.297|
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