Daniel Abt and Sebastien Buemi lead Long Beach Formula E practice

Daniel Abt set a record-breaking pace to head Formula E points leader Sebastien Buemi in practice for the Long Beach ePrix

Daniel Abt and Sebastien Buemi lead Long Beach Formula E practice

Abt's practice two best of 56.778 seconds eclipsed his own pole time from last year's race by two tenths of a second.

The Abt Audi Sport driver jumped Buemi and Lucas di Grassi to go top of the times with less than 10 minutes of the second practice session remaining.

He outpaced Renault e.dams' Buemi by 0.174s, with the second Abt Schaeffler FE01 of di Grassi a further tenth slower in third.

It was an encouraging session for the German Abt team at the end of a week in which it accepted responsibility for the weight miscalculation that led to di Grassi being disqualified in Mexico last time out.

Buemi had topped opening practice and seemed on course to replicate the feat before Abt's late improvement.

The Swiss driver, who leads di Grassi by 22 points in the title race, heads into the pole shootout optimistic of ending a run of three consecutive mistakes in qualifying, after his team discovered an issue with the brake system following the Mexican race.

Behind the two Abt cars and the points leader, underdog stars Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns continued to shine for Team Aguri and Andretti Autosport respectively.

Both drivers were within half a second of Abt's benchmark in fourth and fifth respectively.

Sam Bird again extracted more from the heavy DS Virgin Racing car than team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne to go sixth in practice two, the Briton backing up his second-fastest time in the earlier session.

The second Renault e.dams machine was only seventh in the hands of Nicolas Prost, with Bruno Senna, Stephane Sarrazin and Mexico victor Jerome d'Ambrosio completing the top 10.

D'Ambrosio's Dragon Racing team is in a constant fight with Abt to be Renault's nearest challenger this season and struggled to make an impact on Saturday morning.

It failed to break into the top 10 in first practice and while d'Ambrosio got to 0.7s of Abt by the end of the second session team-mate Loic Duval was only 12th and a second off the pace.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 57.383s - 27
2 Sam Bird Virgin Virgin 57.815s 0.432s 23
3 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Spark 58.033s 0.650s 23
4 Robin Frijns Andretti Spark 58.039s 0.656s 22
5 Salvador Duran Aguri Spark 58.119s 0.736s 29
6 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 58.373s 0.990s 33
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri Spark 58.775s 1.392s 31
8 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 58.780s 1.397s 32
9 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 58.783s 1.400s 26
10 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 58.790s 1.407s 27
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin Virgin 58.852s 1.469s 24
12 Loic Duval Dragon Venturi 59.039s 1.656s 28
13 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Venturi 59.048s 1.665s 29
14 Oliver Turvey China NEXTEV TCR 59.120s 1.737s 37
15 Mike Conway Venturi Venturi 59.276s 1.893s 25
16 Nelson Piquet Jr. China NEXTEV TCR 59.441s 2.058s 28
17 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 59.505s 2.122s 20
18 Bruno Senna Mahindra Mahindra 59.556s 2.173s 27

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 56.778s - 18
2 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 56.952s 0.174s 22
3 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 57.044s 0.266s 18
4 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri Spark 57.155s 0.377s 18
5 Robin Frijns Andretti Spark 57.161s 0.383s 19
6 Sam Bird Virgin Virgin 57.212s 0.434s 19
7 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 57.259s 0.481s 23
8 Bruno Senna Mahindra Mahindra 57.377s 0.599s 22
9 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 57.408s 0.630s 19
10 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Venturi 57.457s 0.679s 19
11 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Spark 57.682s 0.904s 22
12 Loic Duval Dragon Venturi 57.757s 0.979s 21
13 Nelson Piquet Jr. China NEXTEV TCR 57.802s 1.024s 20
14 Mike Conway Venturi Venturi 57.862s 1.084s 16
15 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 57.899s 1.121s 14
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin Virgin 58.099s 1.321s 16
17 Oliver Turvey China NEXTEV TCR 58.297s 1.519s 20
18 Salvador Duran Aguri Spark 59.214s 2.436s 18


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