Formula E Beijing: Renault e.dams dominates opening practice in China

Nicolas Prost led Sebastien Buemi in China as the Renault e.dams squad dominated Formula E's first Friday test session

Formula E Beijing: Renault e.dams dominates opening practice in China

The 30-minute practice session was introduced ahead of the Beijing ePrix's day of official running at the request of the teams after a long break between the final pre-season test and the China opener.

It meant a busy half-hour in which most drivers were on track for almost the entire duration, pitting only to change cars.

The Renault Z.E.15 drivers led the session from the beginning and, after a late yellow flag caused by Loic Duval's stranded Dragon Racing car at Turn 12, Prost improved late on to a 1m37.291s.

That bested the 1m37.912s from Buemi, while DS Virgin Racing's Jean-Eric Vergne also improved in the dying seconds to jump to third, but was more than two seconds back from Prost with a best-of-the-rest effort of 1m39.405s.

Mahindra made an encouraging start by completing the top five with Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld.

Oliver Turvey was sixth-quickest for Team China Racing, but the home outfit's reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr caused the session's only red flag when he stopped on track.

He rejoined for a final exploratory run and still fared better than the two Trulli drivers, whose cars never left the team's garage.

FRIDAY TEST TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1m37.291s - 14
2 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1m37.912s 0.621s 14
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin 1m39.405s 2.114s 12
4 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1m39.670s 2.379s 12
5 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 1m39.909s 2.618s 13
6 Oliver Turvey China 1m40.148s 2.857s 11
7 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1m40.410s 3.119s 13
8 Lucas di Grassi Abt 1m40.531s 3.240s 11
9 Daniel Abt Abt 1m40.852s 3.561s 12
10 Sam Bird Virgin 1m41.146s 3.855s 12
11 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1m41.387s 4.096s 11
12 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 1m41.556s 4.265s 9
13 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 1m41.938s 4.647s 9
14 Loic Duval Dragon 1m42.016s 4.725s 7
15 Robin Frijns Andretti 1m42.635s 5.344s 12
16 Simona de Silvestro Andretti 1m43.657s 6.366s 12
17 Nathanael Berthon Aguri 1m45.561s 8.270s 7
18 Jacques Villeneuve Venturi 1m46.425s 9.134s 9

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