Donington Park Formula E test: Sebastien Buemi ends pre-season top
|Tuesday, August 19th 2014, 17:37 GMT|
Sebastien Buemi capped off his dominant Formula E pre-season testing form by topping the timesheets in Tuesday's final Donington Park test.
The ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver recorded the quickest time for the e.dams team in both sessions, with a best effort of 1m31.792s in the afternoon.
"We're really happy with today, especially being the last test before Beijing," said Buemi. "We still have a few issues with the car which we need to work on and also to better understand the limits of the car.
"Overall we're feeling good for the first race but we'll have to wait and see, a lot of teams are also looking quick."
Nicolas Prost made it a one-two for the team that his father Alain co-owns, setting a time three tenths shy of the benchmark set by Buemi.
Andretti Autosport's Franck Montagny was third quickest, marginally slower than Prost, with Mahindra driver Bruno Senna and Virgin Racing's Sam Bird also within half a second of Buemi.
Next up were ex-F1 pilots Lucas di Grassi, Karun Chandhok and Jerome D'Ambrosio, with Venturi team-mates Stephane Sarrazin and Nick Heidfeld rounding out the top 10.
As well as the two timed sessions, the test featured four 12-lap race simulations, although some teams chose to focus on experimenting with set-up and efficiency rather than the pursuit of outright speed.
Former Marussia and Caterham driver Charles Pic was present at the test for Andretti Autosport - which is yet to announce the identity of Montagny's team-mate - while Takuma Sato drove for Amlin Aguri despite not being part of the Japanese squad's confirmed line-up.
China Racing, which is yet to announce either of its drivers for the upcoming season, fielded ex-Renault F1 pilot Nelson Piquet Jr, sometime GP2 racer Ho-Pin Tung and Antonio Garcia in the test.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1m31.792s 2. Nicolas Prost e.dams 1m32.117s +0.325s 3. Franck Montagny Andretti 1m32.143s +0.351s 4. Bruno Senna Mahindra 1m32.249s +0.457s 5. Sam Bird Virgin 1m32.292s +0.500s 6. Lucas di Grassi Abt 1m32.293s +0.501s 7. Karun Chandhok Mahindra 1m32.369s +0.577s 8. Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1m32.646s +0.854s 9. Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1m32.663s +0.871s 10. Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1m32.775s +0.983s 11. Nelson Piquet China 1m32.808s +1.016s 12. Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 1m32.821s +1.029s 13. Charles Pic Andretti 1m32.841s +1.049s 14. Daniel Abt Abt 1m32.867s +1.075s 15. Jarno Trulli Trulli 1m32.892s +1.100s 16. Oriol Servia Dragon 1m33.411s +1.619s 17. Antonio Garcia China 1m33.469s +1.677s 18. Takuma Sato Aguri 1m35.425s +3.633s 19. Michela Cerruti Trulli 1m35.444s +3.652s 20. Katherine Legge Aguri 1m38.112s +6.320s