Puebla E-Prix: De Vries tops practice from Vergne

Nyck de Vries claimed the free practice bragging rights ahead of the second Puebla E-Prix, with the Mercedes racer pipping double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

Puebla E-Prix: De Vries tops practice from Vergne

Dutch driver de Vries, lying third in the standings, took control of the single 45-minute session with a third of the time remaining and then traded times at the top of the leaderboard.

The 2019 FIA Formula 2 champion had initially moved ahead with an attack mode-enhanced effort of 1m22.275s to assume the lead by 0.167s over Nick Cassidy.

With grip levels far higher on Sunday, a later move to a full power earned de Vries the fastest lap of the weekend as he clocked a 1m21.492s to end the session fastest by 0.141s.

DS Techeetah driver Vergne, who retired from the Saturday race after a collision with Alexander Sims at the attack mode joker lap exit point, snared the next best time to fend off one-lap specialist and Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland by a 0.237s margin.

The Brit had set the pace in both Saturday practice runs before landing second on the grid, but a radio failure and a software issue contributed to an immediate drop to 14th before he and team-mate Sebastien Buemi were disqualified for not specifying their tyre allocation.

Envision Virgin Racing rookie Nick Cassidy ran to fourth quickest, having crashed out of the first Mexico race on the opening lap when he clouted the wall and buckled his front-left corner.

Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans provided one of few moments of drama in the session when he copped masses of oversteer through the difficult and blind Turn 7 and was forced over the grass as he applied the opposite lock.

He rounded out the top five times ahead of the two Venturi Racing machines, with Saturday podium finisher Edoardo Mortara edging team-mate Norman Nato by 0.05s.

Maximilian Gunther scored eighth for BMW Andretti ahead of Saturday runner-up Rene Rast.
The triple DTM champion was an earlier spinner in the session when he lost the rear at Turn 1 only eight minutes into proceedings.

But Rast shrewdly pinned the throttle aboard his Audi e-tron FE07 car as he rotated to light up the rear wheels and avoid continuing onto the wet grass and into the exit wall.

His team-mate Lucas di Grassi, who clocked his first victory in two years in the Puebla opener, was only 20th and behind long-time Formula E rival Buemi.

Read Also:

The championship big hitters only featured on the fringes of the top 10, with Stoffel Vandoorne making a mistake in the first sector of his full power run to earn 13th.

That eclipsed Saturday on-the-road victory Pascal Wehrlein, the Porsche driver losing his and the team’s first series victory due to the same tyre declaration error as Nissan e.dams.

Reigning champion and second in the points, Antonio Felix da Costa edged ahead of championship leader Robin Frijns in the run to 15th and 16th.

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval
1 Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Germany Mercedes 22 1'21.492
2 France Jean-Eric Vergne
China Techeetah 19 1'21.633 0.141 0.141
3 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
France DAMS 20 1'21.870 0.378 0.237
4 New Zealand Nick Cassidy
United Kingdom Virgin Racing 16 1'21.964 0.472 0.094
5 New Zealand Mitch Evans
United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 18 1'22.008 0.516 0.044
6 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara
Monaco Venturi 19 1'22.077 0.585 0.069
7 France Norman Nato
Monaco Venturi 19 1'22.127 0.635 0.050
8 Germany Maximilian Gunther
United States Andretti Autosport 21 1'22.147 0.655 0.020
9 Germany René Rast
Germany Team Abt 19 1'22.186 0.694 0.039
10 Germany Andre Lotterer
Germany Porsche Team 22 1'22.255 0.763 0.069
11 United Kingdom Alexander Sims
India Mahindra Racing 19 1'22.336 0.844 0.081
12 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 21 1'22.426 0.934 0.090
13 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
Germany Mercedes 20 1'22.523 1.031 0.097
14 Germany Pascal Wehrlein
Germany Porsche Team 24 1'22.547 1.055 0.024
15 Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa
China Techeetah 24 1'22.568 1.076 0.021
16 Netherlands Robin Frijns
United Kingdom Virgin Racing 17 1'22.611 1.119 0.043
17 Sweden Joel Eriksson
United States Dragon Racing 21 1'22.678 1.186 0.067
18 United Kingdom Alex Lynn
India Mahindra Racing 24 1'22.689 1.197 0.011
19 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
France DAMS 20 1'22.899 1.407 0.210
20 Brazil Lucas di Grassi
Germany Team Abt 19 1'22.963 1.471 0.064
21 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey
United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 21 1'23.079 1.587 0.116
22 United Kingdom Sam Bird
United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 20 1'23.271 1.779 0.192
23 Brazil Sergio Sette Camara
United States Dragon Racing 20 1'23.826 2.334 0.555
24 United Kingdom Jake Dennis
United States Andretti Autosport 20 1'24.501 3.009 0.675
shares
comments
Di Grassi: Puebla win makes Audi's FE exit "frustrating"

Previous article

Di Grassi: Puebla win makes Audi's FE exit "frustrating"

Next article

Puebla E-Prix: Rowland edges Wehrlein to take Sunday's pole

Puebla E-Prix: Rowland edges Wehrlein to take Sunday's pole
Load comments
Why consistency can't be relied upon for Formula E title success Prime

Why consistency can't be relied upon for Formula E title success

It's commonly upheld as the most straightforward method of racking up titles. But, due to the unique qualifying format used in Formula E, a consistent approach can actively work against a driver and make their life harder in races. So with four races to go, is now the time to ditch the tried-and-tested approach for a win-or-bust mentality?

How Bird's crash recovery became Formula E's fairytale of New York Prime

How Bird's crash recovery became Formula E's fairytale of New York

After crashing in practice during the opening session at the New York City E-Prix, Sam Bird immediately had a recovery job on his hands. But the Jaguar driver rose through the order and secured victory in the second race - and with it, the championship lead. Here's how an Englishman in New York became top of the heap.

Formula E
Jul 12, 2021
Why Formula E is plotting a major change of philosophy Prime

Why Formula E is plotting a major change of philosophy

Formula E has become famed for its unpredictability, which can yield exciting races - but it can be argued that it robs the all-electric championship of a clear narrative and doesn't adequately reward the best drivers. The series wants to change that, and renew its philosophy ahead of the introduction of its next-generation car

Formula E
Jun 29, 2021
How Puebla gave Formula E's new points leader breathing space Prime

How Puebla gave Formula E's new points leader breathing space

With the usual Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez venue unavailable to Formula E, it visited the little Puebla circuit to keep its foot in the door in Mexico. A near-winner two years ago, Pascal Wehrlein looked in swaggering form throughout the weekend - but a breathless final encounter helped put Edoardo Mortara in the driving seat.

Formula E
Jun 21, 2021
The half-term report cards of each Formula E team in 2020-21 Prime

The half-term report cards of each Formula E team in 2020-21

In an eventful Formula E season, punctuated by rain and energy-conservation controversy, the 12 teams contesting the championship have endured many challenges in the opening seven races. Here's how they've got on across the first half of the season.

Formula E
May 26, 2021
How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco Prime

How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco

OPINION: It was no surprise to anybody that the laptimes achieved by Formula E cars on the full Monaco circuit were much slower than Formula 1. But perhaps the more relevant comparison was in the racing spectacle, where FE delivered in spades.

Formula E
May 12, 2021
How Monaco dealt Formula E a winning hand to cure its hangover Prime

How Monaco dealt Formula E a winning hand to cure its hangover

Formula E faced much criticism in the wake of its maligned Valencia event. In need of a turnaround, the series' first use of Monaco's iconic Formula 1 layout provided it with the injection of thrills required to clear the fog that had enveloped the paddock.

Formula E
May 11, 2021
Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent Prime

Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent

FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.

Formula E
Apr 27, 2021