Formula E 2018/19: Da Costa tops test day two, teams trial race run

Antonio Felix da Costa was fastest on the second day of 2018/19 Valencia Formula E testing, which was split between regular test running and a full race-length simulation session

Formula E 2018/19: Da Costa tops test day two, teams trial race run

Da Costa claimed the honours for BMW for a second day in a row by setting the pace in the three-hour morning session with a 1m16.977s - the first lap below the 1m17s barrier so far this week.

Season four champion Jean-Eric Vergne ended the morning in second place, 0.421 seconds slower than da Costa on a 1m17.398s, with Jerome D'Ambrosio completing the top three for Mahindra Racing.

Lucas di Grassi was fourth for Audi, ahead of Venturi pair Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara. Pascal Wehrlein was seventh for Mahindra, with Jose Maria Lopez, Andre Lotterer and Daniel Abt rounding out the top 10 for Dragon Racing, DS Techeetah and Audi.

BMW's Alexander Sims, who topped the first day of testing, was 11th.

Stoffel Vandoorne completed 33 laps in the morning session after missing all of Tuesday afternoon's running due to a battery problem, and ended up 13th fastest for HWA.

Sebastien Buemi was again the only Nissan driver to take part in the running after Alexander Albon, recently linked with a 2019 Toro Rosso Formula 1 seat, also did not drive on Wednesday.

Buemi finished 21st and last in the morning, but did top the 30-minute session that took place before the race simulation on a 1m17.773s, with only nine drivers completing timed laps.

The race simulation, which was timetabled at the request of the teams to test FE's new event format rules, took up most of the afternoon running and was heavily disrupted.

The cars formed up at the end of the pitlane, ready to complete the full 45-minute plus one lap allocation FE races will run to in season five, to begin the simulation.

Sims led the pack out, but the 'race' was stopped after just one lap due to Abt hitting the chicane three-quarters of the way down the main straight at the Ricardo Tormo circuit and Vandoorne stopping on track.

After a lengthy delay - Vandoorne's car was declared 'red', meaning it was not safe to touch - the simulation resumed and was notionally won by di Grassi ahead of Sims.

Only three cars took the chequered flag, with most pitting either the lap before the start of the 31st lap started by di Grassi or on the tour before that. Vandoorne did not reappear to take the restart.

A 30-minute timed session closed out the day, which was topped by Vergne, who improved his best effort to a 1m17.342s - still second quickest in the overall order.

Eight other drivers also went fastest in this session, including Lotterer, Buemi and Sims.

Maximilian Gunther set the 22nd and slowest time of the day after taking over from Antonio Fuoco, who was 20th overall and drove in the morning session for Dragon.

Vandoorne, Gary Paffett and Mortara did not appear for the final session.

Morning times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 1m16.977s - 48
2 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah DS 1m17.398s 0.421s 37
3 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 1m17.431s 0.454s 32
4 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 1m17.535s 0.558s 50
5 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 1m17.696s 0.719s 36
6 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 1m17.729s 0.752s 25
7 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1m17.781s 0.804s 39
8 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 1m17.830s 0.853s 46
9 Andre Lotterer Techeetah DS 1m17.855s 0.878s 42
10 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 1m17.866s 0.889s 31
11 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1m17.876s 0.899s 36
12 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m17.975s 0.998s 36
13 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 1m18.032s 1.055s 33
14 Tom Dillmann NextEV NIO 1m18.236s 1.259s 32
15 Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 1m18.240s 1.263s 33
16 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 1m18.288s 1.311s 38
17 Antonio Fuoco Dragon Penske 1m18.778s 1.801s 40
18 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1m19.382s 2.405s 42
19 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 1m19.920s 2.943s 40
20 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Jaguar 1m20.235s 3.258s 54
21 Sebastien Buemi Nissan Nissan 1m23.943s 6.966s 25

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