Practice report

London E-Prix: Dennis holds off Rowland to lead FE practice on home soil

Jake Dennis set the fastest time in Formula E free practice for the opening London E-Prix, his 1m13.661s enough to hold off fellow Brit Oliver Rowland in FP2.

Jake Dennis, Andretti Motorsport, BMW iFE.21

A late red flag, produced by Dan Ticktum, gave Avalanche Andretti's Dennis enough opportunity to displace Nyck de Vries from the top of the timing boards - and keep the accolade of fastest time away from a late siege.

Robin Frijns was top after the first flurry of representative lap times, before being shaded by Rowland as the two settled into the 1m15s.

FP1 headliner Sergio Sette Camara then put half a tenth over Rowland, before the Brazilian was displaced by Jake Dennis - who in turn was moved out of top spot by Mahindra's Alexander Sims.

Mitch Evans then brought the times into the 1m14s, preceding a flurry of drivers all contending for top spot - before Dennis fired in a 1m14.270s to sit on top of the times.

But the Mercedes duo both began promising laps, granting Stoffel Vandoorne a brief lead of the session with a 1m13.933s.

Team-mate de Vries quickly shuffled Vandoorne down a spot, however, by logging a 1m13.767s to go top - which remained largely unchallenged for a spell.

Maximilian Guenther got closest, sticking his Nissan e.dams between the two Mercedes on the timing board with a 1m13.860s, before a red flag paused the session in the final 10 minutes - with NIO 333's Ticktum going off at Turn 6 and requiring roadside assistance to collect his car.

The session resumed with three minutes remaining, with multiple drivers using it as an opportunity to simulate qualifying with an outlap followed by a full-power run.

Sam Bird, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5

Sam Bird, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5

Photo by: Alastair Staley / Motorsport Images

De Vries' time was initially safe from an Evans threat, but Dennis fired in a late 1m13.661s to overhaul the Dutchman's control over the session and claim top spot.

Andre Lotterer looked good to challenge Dennis, but fell short at the line and could only take second, which became third as Rowland's late effort was a scant 0.007s faster.

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Lucas di Grassi was fifth behind de Vries, as Evans' time was enough to beat Guenther to seventh.

Championship leader Vandoorne dropped to eighth, ahead of Sette Camara in ninth as the Dragon Penske driver looked impressive, while Oliver Askew made it both Andrettis in the top 10.

Sette Camara had headed the opening free practice session on Friday afternoon, a 1m14.487s set within the final five minutes of the session to depose Mitch Evans from the top.

New York City E-Prix winner Nick Cassidy placed third in the Friday session, with Antonio Giovinazzi making it up to fourth.

London E-Prix: Full practice results

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