Bern Formula E: Mahindra's Wehrlein beats Techeetah duo in practice

Pascal Wehrlein set the fastest time across the two practice sessions for ABB FIA Formula E's Swiss E-Prix in Bern, narrowly outpacing DS Techeetah drivers Andre Lotterer and Jean-Eric Vergne

Bern Formula E: Mahindra's Wehrlein beats Techeetah duo in practice

Under cloudy skies in the de facto capital of Switzerland, the field got to grips with the new 1.7-mile rapid and narrow track, which was described as "akin to Oulton Park and Macau and Pau" by Audi's Lucas di Grassi ahead of the event.

The tight left of Turn 1, which sits opposite the pitlane, was a particular problem for the drivers, with many locking up there during the 45-minute FP1.

Vergne topped that session with a 1m19.281s, which stood as the best benchmark for much of the 30-minute FP2 before the drivers switched to full power at 250kW to practice their flying efforts ahead of qualifying.

Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), Lotterer and Venturi's Edoardo Mortara enjoyed brief spells at the top of the times early in the second session, but it was Wehrlein's 1m20.207s lap that held top spot for much of FP2.

With just under 10 minutes to go in FP2, BMW Andretti's Antonio Felix da Costa was the first to run at 250kW, but he locked up at the Turn 9 left-hander that follows the attack mode activation zone on the preceding straight.

Da Costa still briefly took first with that effort but was eventually shuffled back to 12th, with Jose Maria Lopez the first to depose him before he in turn was usurped in the flurry of final improvements.

With one minute to go, Lotterer seized first with a 1m19.194s, with Vergne slotting into second just 0.004 seconds slower than his team-mate before Wehrlein edged both with a best lap of 1m19.118s.

Oliver Rowland ended up fourth for Nissan e.dams, with Frijns improving on one of the final flying laps to take fifth.

Mitch Evans was sixth for Jaguar ahead of Lopez, Stoffel Vandoorne and Sam Bird, who locked up heading into Turn 9 early in the session and had to take to the escape road.

Mortara rounded out the top 10, with Alex Lynn finishing 11th in the second Jaguar.

Maximillian Gunther (Dragon Racing) and Jerome D'Ambrosio are under investigation for failing to stop when cutting the Turns 12/13/14 chicane - which will form the first corners of the race despite sitting before the offset finish line.

Gunther locked set to get close to fellow Dragon driver Lopez's best time before he caught traffic on the approach to Turn 12 on his 250kW lap and he cut the complex after locking up.

Home driver Sebastien Buemi had a low-key FP2 and he finished down in 15th for Nissan.

The Audi drivers also finished towards the rear of the field as they took 18th and 19th in FP2 with Daniel Abt heading di Grassi.

Di Grassi did not improve on his 250kW lap, as he encountered yellow flags at Turn 9 when Tom Dillmann (who took 20th for NIO) slid down the escape road.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1m19.281s 24
2 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 0.111s 25
3 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 0.159s 25
4 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 0.352s 23
5 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 0.463s 24
6 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 0.614s 23
7 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 0.650s 17
8 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 0.676s 23
9 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 0.705s 24
10 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 0.823s 22
11 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 0.880s 23
12 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 0.887s 19
13 Alex Lynn Jaguar Jaguar 0.927s 24
14 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 0.941s 25
15 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 0.948s 25
16 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 0.964s 22
17 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 1.079s 21
18 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1.127s 25
19 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1.458s 20
20 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 1.793s 22
21 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1.941s 24
22 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 2.275s 24

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1m19.118s 14
2 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 0.076s 14
3 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 0.080s 14
4 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 0.088s 18
5 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 0.111s 12
6 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 0.138s 15
7 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 0.164s 12
8 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 0.199s 14
9 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 0.211s 12
10 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 0.281s 17
11 Alex Lynn Jaguar Jaguar 0.293s 13
12 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 0.348s 15
13 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 0.356s 12
14 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 0.738s 16
15 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 0.755s 16
16 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 0.914s 16
17 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 1.100s 15
18 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 1.279s 16
19 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 1.372s 13
20 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 1.783s 13
21 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1.814s 13
22 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 2.774s 14


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