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New York ePrix: Bird leads twice red-flagged practice

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New York ePrix: Bird leads twice red-flagged practice
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Jul 16, 2017, 11:54 AM

Saturday winner Sam Bird set the pace in the third practice session of Formula E's New York ePrix weekend, which was interrupted by crashes from Tom Dillmann and Robin Frijns.

Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team
 Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing

DS Virgin driver Bird beat Jean-Eric Vergne, who finished second in Saturday's race, by 0.179s with a time of 1m02.209s.

The Frenchman held first place until the final five minutes, having been the first one to improve after a 10-minute red flag stint caused by Dillmann stopping on track.

Venturi driver Dillmann hit the wall on the exit of Turn 1, breaking his right-rear suspension.

The session also ended with a red flag as Frijns lost the back of his Andretti-run car and smashed his rear wing into the wall.

Behind Bird and Vergne, Venturi's Maro Engel took third, 0.002s faster than NEXTEV driver Oliver Turvey, while Nelson Piquet and Dillmann were fifth and sixth behind their teammates.

DS Virgin rookie Alex Lynn, who secured pole for Saturday's race, was seventh, ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Jerome d'Ambrosio, the top nine separated by less than half a second.

Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld completed the top 10.

Practice results

ClaDriverTeamTimeGap
1 united_kingdom Sam Bird  united_kingdom Virgin Racing 1'02.209  
2 france Jean-Eric Vergne  china Techeetah 1'02.388 0.179
3 germany Maro Engel  monaco Venturi 1'02.425 0.216
4 united_kingdom Oliver Turvey  china NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 1'02.427 0.218
5 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.  china NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 1'02.524 0.315
6 france Tom Dillmann  monaco Venturi 1'02.545 0.336
7 united_kingdom Alex Lynn  united_kingdom Virgin Racing 1'02.558 0.349
8 brazil Lucas di Grassi  germany Team Abt 1'02.655 0.446
9 belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio  united_states Dragon Racing 1'02.663 0.454
10 germany Nick Heidfeld  india Mahindra Racing 1'02.725 0.516
11 france Loic Duval  united_states Dragon Racing 1'02.759 0.550
12 france Stéphane Sarrazin  china Techeetah 1'02.878 0.669
13 germany Daniel Abt  germany Team Abt 1'03.091 0.882
14 united_kingdom Adam Carroll  united_kingdom Jaguar Racing 1'03.117 0.908
15 portugal Antonio Felix da Costa  united_states Andretti Autosport 1'03.175 0.966
16 sweden Felix Rosenqvist  india Mahindra Racing 1'03.231 1.022
17 new_zealand Mitch Evans  united_kingdom Jaguar Racing 1'03.277 1.068
18 france Pierre Gasly  france DAMS 1'03.380 1.171
19 netherlands Robin Frijns  united_states Andretti Autosport 1'03.433 1.224
20 france Nicolas Prost  france DAMS 1'03.503 1.294
 
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Series Formula E
Event New York ePrix
Location Brooklyn Street Circuit
Drivers Sam Bird
Teams DS Virgin Racing
Author David Gruz