Buemi fastest in first Berlin practice, Piquet tops second session

Sebastien Buemi set the fastest lap in practice for the Berlin ePrix as Nelson Piquet Jr topped a session for the first time as champion

Buemi fastest in first Berlin practice, Piquet tops second session

For the fourth event in a row Buemi was quickest in the morning session, taking his tally of FP1 top spots for the season to six.

The Swiss driver was one of only two drivers to complete a 200kW lap in FP1, the other being NEXTEV TCR's Oliver Turvey.

However, Buemi failed to register a representative lap in FP2 after nosing the wall early on and later appearing to be baulked by Renault e.dams team-mate Nicolas Prost.

Buemi wound up 15th fastest in the second session, one place behind Prost, but his 57.648s from FP1 would stand as the best time across both sessions as any chance of meaningful improvement in FP2 was ruined by two incidents.

Stephane Sarrazin caused the most significant disruption, bringing out the red flags for 10 minutes after crashing his Venturi car exiting Turn 11.

When the session resumed with less than five minutes to run, Rene Rast stopped at Turn 6 and brought out the yellow flags.

At that stage Sam Bird was top on a 57.922s but Piquet popped up with a 57.909s late on, going purple in the middle sector despite the caution remaining in place for Rast's stopped car.

That bumped Bird to P2, with Jean-Eric Vergne third despite clipping the wall and Robin Frijns and Piquet's team-mate Turvey completing the top five.

Lucas di Grassi's quiet practice meant neither of the two title protagonists featured at the sharp end of the times.

After accidentally activating neutral in FP1, championship leader di Grassi was 12th quickest in the second session.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 57.648s - 32
2 Oliver Turvey China 58.690s 1.042s 38
3 Lucas di Grassi Abt 58.916s 1.268s 34
4 Nicolas Prost e.dams 59.168s 1.520s 31
5 Sam Bird Virgin 59.236s 1.588s 26
6 Loic Duval Dragon 59.255s 1.607s 33
7 Mike Conway Venturi 59.260s 1.612s 32
8 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 59.482s 1.834s 31
9 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 59.525s 1.877s 32
10 Daniel Abt Abt 59.583s 1.935s 35
11 Bruno Senna Mahindra 59.600s 1.952s 31
12 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 59.724s 2.076s 32
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin 59.789s 2.141s 28
14 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 1m00.084s 2.436s 25
15 Rene Rast Aguri 1m00.139s 2.491s 32
16 Robin Frijns Andretti 1m00.548s 2.900s 26
17 Simona de Silvestro Andretti 1m00.846s 3.198s 30
18 Ma Qinghua Aguri 1m01.125s 3.477s 32

SECOND TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 57.909s - 6
2 Sam Bird Virgin 57.922s 0.013s 16
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin 58.066s 0.157s 16
4 Robin Frijns Andretti 58.145s 0.236s 15
5 Oliver Turvey China 58.207s 0.298s 21
6 Loic Duval Dragon 58.263s 0.354s 15
7 Bruno Senna Mahindra 58.310s 0.401s 16
8 Daniel Abt Abt 58.363s 0.454s 19
9 Mike Conway Venturi 58.370s 0.461s 19
10 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 58.991s 1.082s 11
11 Simona de Silvestro Andretti 58.992s 1.083s 14
12 Lucas di Grassi Abt 59.076s 1.167s 17
13 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 59.178s 1.269s 13
14 Nicolas Prost e.dams 59.256s 1.347s 17
15 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 59.891s 1.982s 19
16 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 59.986s 2.077s 8
17 Rene Rast Aguri 1m00.381s 2.472s 14
18 Ma Qinghua Aguri 1m02.686s 4.777s 14


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