Formula E 2017/18: Turvey fastest for NIO as Valencia testing ends

Oliver Turvey set the pace on the final day of Formula E pre-season testing, edging Sebastien Buemi for the best time around the revised Valencia circuit in the process

Formula E 2017/18: Turvey fastest for NIO as Valencia testing ends

NIO driver Turvey topped the opening day of the test on Monday, but the layout of the Spanish track was tweaked slightly for Tuesday's running when another chicane was added on the start/finish straight.

That added around three seconds to the lap, and on Thursday - after a one-day break for media activities - Turvey set a new record for the FE layout.

His morning benchmark of 1m21.822s outpaced Daniel Abt by a tenth on the day and was fractionally faster than Buemi managed on Tuesday.

Jean-Eric Vergne did not quite dip below the 1m22s barrier in his Techeetah entry, with Mahindra's Felix Rosenqvist half a tenth slower in fourth.

Buemi set similar times in the morning and afternoon sessions, with his early 1m22.247s good enough for fifth, ahead of afternoon pacesetter Jerome d'Ambrosio.

Alex Lynn (DS Virgin) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt) were next up, making it four drivers and four manufacturers lapping within a tenth as testing drew to a close.

Nico Prost and a late-improving Mitch Evans completed the top 10.

Andre Lotterer caused a late red flag when he went off into the Turn 3 gravel with just over 10 minutes remaining and ended the day with the slowest time.

The retrieval of the Techeetah meant officials added five minutes to the clock, giving several drivers a late chance to improve their times - although only Jaguar's Evans and Mahindra's Daniel Juncadella improved their best for the day.

Mahindra tested Juncadella in place of Nick Heidfeld, who has travelled to Road Atlanta for this week's Petit Le Mans.

Juncadella focused on race runs and was slowest for most of the session, before moving to 16th in the final moments.

In the fight between Mercedes DTM drivers for a Venturi drive, Edoardo Mortara outpace Maro Engel, who turned up for one day of official testing after leaving his marriage celebration on Tuesday.

Venturi's day was scuppered by recurring gearbox problems, and they ended up 17th and 19th respectively.

Morning times

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 1m21.822s 32
2 Daniel Abt Audi 0.124s 42
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Renault 0.256s 34
4 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra 0.298s 22
5 Sebastien Buemi Renault 0.425s 24
6 Alex Lynn DS Virgin 0.445s 37
7 Nicolas Prost Renault 0.561s 41
8 Sam Bird DS Virgin 0.635s 32
9 Luca Filippi NextEV NIO 0.665s 30
10 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar 0.823s 31
11 Mitch Evans Jaguar 0.906s 29
12 Jerome d'Ambrosio Penske 1.160s 31
13 Neel Jani Penske 1.432s 28
14 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti 1.468s 34
15 Lucas di Grassi Audi 1.568s 46
16 Tom Blomqvist Andretti 2.217s 36
17 Maro Engel Venturi 2.278s 28
18 Andre Lotterer Renault 2.350s 36
19 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 2.652s 15
20 Daniel Juncadella Mahindra 3.116s 28

Afternoon times

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Jerome d'Ambrosio Penske 1m22.252s 34
2 Lucas di Grassi Audi 0.076s 42
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Renault 0.093s 41
4 Sebastien Buemi Renault 0.114s 41
5 Mitch Evans Jaguar 0.180s 41
6 Nicolas Prost Renault 0.184s 38
7 Daniel Abt Audi 0.228s 46
8 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra 0.691s 27
9 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti 0.727s 42
10 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar 0.823s 43
11 Neel Jani Penske 0.850s 36
12 Daniel Juncadella Mahindra 1.312s 28
13 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 1.367s 44
14 Luca Filippi NextEV NIO 1.410s 49
15 Tom Blomqvist Andretti 1.440s 25
16 Sam Bird DS Virgin 1.600s 34
17 Maro Engel Venturi 1.974s 22
18 Andre Lotterer Renault 2.563s 34
19 Alex Lynn DS Virgin 3.710s 39
20 Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 5.087s 41

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