Berlin Formula E: Title-chasing Lotterer tops practice from Mortara

DS Techeeatah driver Andre Lotterer set the fastest time across the two practice sessions for the 2019 ABB FIA Formula E race in Berlin, ahead of Edoardo Mortara

Berlin Formula E: Title-chasing Lotterer tops practice from Mortara

Uniquely for this race, both practice sessions took place on Friday afternoon in Berlin as a result of a timetable change to avoid a clash with the build-up to the German football cup final on Saturday afternoon - an arrangement that has divided opinion among drivers.

Both sessions took place in warm and sunny conditions at the Tempelhof track, with Jaguar driver Mitch Evans topping FP1 with a best time of 1m08.162s.

For much of FP2, only Mortara had bettered Evans's FP1 effort - as the Venturi driver's 1m07.685s put him at the front of the pack in the early stages of the second session.

The drivers appeared to be struggling for grip on the Berlin circuit's abrasive concrete surface, with the long, near-circular first corner, the tight left-hander at Turn 4 and the big braking stop for the Turn 9 hairpin appearing to be particularly challenging.

Lotterer was among the drivers to have a moment at Turn 4 when he locked-up during the early running.

But he shot to the top as FP2 headed towards its conclusion, improving compared to Mortara as his lap went on and setting the fastest third sector of the session to take first place with 1m07.401s.

That left him 0.284 seconds clear of Mortara, who matched his FP1 result with second place.

Alexander Sims, who will carry a five-place grid penalty into qualifying for his clash with Lucas di Grassi in Monaco, finished third.

The BMW driver was 0.3s down on what was then Mortara's benchmark time after sector one, but he pulled the gap down to just 0.030s behind by the finish line - ending up 0.314s adrift of Lotterer in the final order.

Sebastien Buemi leapt from P17 with his final full power lap to take fourth for Nissan e.dams in the dying moments of FP2, finishing ahead of Evans and Felipe Massa.

Antonio Felix da Costa finished seventh, ahead of Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn, who locked up heavily at Turn 9 mid-way through the session.

Daniel Abt, who won this event last season, rounded out the top 10, with his Audi team-mate di Grassi - second in the 2018 race - down in P13.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne finished down in 17th and was 1.056s slower than Lotterer, who trails his DS Techeetah team-mate by one point in the standings.

Envision Virgin Racing drivers Robin Frijns, who finished 12th in FP2 and also has a five-place grid penalty, and Sam Bird - who wound up 21st - completed the lowest number of laps in the second session with just eight apiece.

Bird missed much of the running in the middle of the session after clipping a wall with the right-rear of his car, which forced him to pit for repairs - although he was able to rejoin for the final minutes.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m08.162s 25
2 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 0.066s 27
3 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 0.115s 28
4 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 0.130s 27
5 Alex Lynn Jaguar Jaguar 0.238s 28
6 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 0.241s 26
7 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 0.245s 22
8 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 0.317s 24
9 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 0.325s 24
10 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 0.374s 27
11 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 0.522s 23
12 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 0.539s 22
13 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 0.561s 22
14 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 0.617s 28
15 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 0.630s 26
16 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 0.818s 23
17 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 0.838s 24
18 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 0.854s 22
19 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 0.937s 24
20 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1.117s 21
21 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 1.363s 28
22 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1.394s 29

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 1m07.401s 20
2 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 0.284s 18
3 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 0.314s 13
4 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 0.372s 18
5 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 0.487s 13
6 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 0.494s 13
7 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 0.575s 13
8 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 0.618s 18
9 Alex Lynn Jaguar Jaguar 0.675s 16
10 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 0.688s 17
11 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 0.717s 17
12 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 0.719s 8
13 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 0.736s 16
14 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 0.776s 11
15 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 0.859s 14
16 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 0.964s 14
17 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1.056s 18
18 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 1.153s 17
19 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1.267s 18
20 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 1.416s 15
21 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 1.448s 8
22 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 1.616s 11

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