FE Mexico City: Renault e.dams driver Buemi fastest across practice

Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi led the way in the two Formula E practice sessions ahead of Saturday's Mexico City ePrix

FE Mexico City: Renault e.dams driver Buemi fastest across practice

Reigning champion Buemi, who travelled overnight from the World Endurance Championship prologue at Monza, set the pace in the morning's first session with a best effort of 1m02.222s, heading Faraday Future Dragon pair Loic Duval and Jerome d'Ambrosio.

In pursuit of a fourth-straight Formula E win this weekend, Buemi then trimmed just under a tenth of a second from that effort in the later session to ensure a practice clean sweep.

His eventual fastest time in FP2, a 1m02.164s, eclipsed rival Lucas Di Grassi's fastest lap by 0.111 seconds.

Jean-Eric Vergne posted a best lap of 1m02.286s to grab third in the second session in his Renault powered Techeetah, with Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld fourth but almost 0.4 seconds in arrears to Buemi.

The next nine cars were all within a second, indicating a tight midfield battle for the second ePrix in Mexico.

Temperatures climbed between the two practice sessions, with teams spending some of the second session evaluating the thermal management of their cars ahead of the race.

Several drivers endured spins, with Robin Frijns, Adam Carroll and Loic Duval all rotating, while Jose-Maria Lopez glanced the wall in the final stages of the second session.

Formula E new boy Esteban Gutierrez made a late improvement to claim 13th in the second session, having initially languishing at the tail end of the times.

That followed a 19th-place charting in the first session for the Techeetah driver.

FIRST PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 1m02.222s 29
2 Loic Duval Dragon Penske 0.505s 27
3 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 0.701s 22
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault 1.002s 29
5 Robin Frijns Andretti Andretti 1.097s 29
6 Sam Bird Virgin DS Virgin 1.183s 26
7 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 1.199s 29
8 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 1.240s 32
9 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 1.356s 32
10 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1.399s 28
11 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 1.484s 29
12 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 1.539s 27
13 Jose Maria Lopez Virgin DS Virgin 1.585s 27
14 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 1.619s 29
15 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1.712s 33
16 Oliver Turvey NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1.830s 33
17 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti 1.895s 32
18 Maro Engel Venturi Venturi 2.108s 27
19 Esteban Gutierrez Techeetah Renault 2.113s 34
20 Adam Carroll Jaguar Jaguar 2.478s 26

SECOND PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 1m02.164s 21
2 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 0.111s 19
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault 0.122s 17
4 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 0.398s 12
5 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 0.424s 23
6 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NEXTEV TCR 0.649s 16
7 Maro Engel Venturi Venturi 0.675s 23
8 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti 0.691s 15
9 Oliver Turvey NextEV NEXTEV TCR 0.713s 18
10 Loic Duval Dragon Penske 0.718s 17
11 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 0.751s 12
12 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 0.833s 18
13 Esteban Gutierrez Techeetah Renault 0.891s 16
14 Robin Frijns Andretti Andretti 1.023s 19
15 Sam Bird Virgin DS Virgin 1.030s 19
16 Jose Maria Lopez Virgin DS Virgin 1.133s 20
17 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1.536s 19
18 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 1.583s 18
19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 1.596s 19
20 Adam Carroll Jaguar Jaguar 2.012s 16


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