Mexico City Formula E: Da Costa leads Massa in practice

BMW Andretti's Antonio Felix da Costa set the pace across the practice sessions ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship's Mexico City E-Prix

Mexico City Formula E: Da Costa leads Massa in practice

Da Costa had initially taken the benchmark time with a lap of 59.461 seconds just over 10 minutes into the second session before Dragon's Jose Maria Lopez moved ahead.

The BMW driver then responded with what stood as the best time across both practice sessions, completing a lap in 58.963s.

Venturi's Felipe Massa, who has endured a difficult start to life in FE, just missed out on the top spot late in the session.

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The former Formula 1 driver's lap of 59.138s left him 0.175s adrift of da Costa.

Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi was third ahead of Mahindra's Jerome D'Ambrosio.

Sam Bird had an early off at Turn 1, a common theme through the whole field across both sessions, but the Envision Virgin Racing man ended practice in fifth ahead of Lopez.

Nelson Piquet had been as high as second place for Jaguar midway through the session, but late improvements moved him down to eighth behind Oliver Rowland and ahead of Lucas di Grassi.

First practice pacesetter Daniel Abt set a time of 59.590s for 10th, which was two tenths of a second slower than his opening session benchmark.

Abt's 59.319s lap in the first practice would have been good enough for fourth in the second session, an impressive feat considering lap improvements were encouraged by the new-for-2018/19 Jaguar I-Pace Trophy cars cleaning the track ahead of the final practice.

Reigning FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne was 12th in the last practice session and described his car as "undriveable" over the radio as he finished ahead of HWA's Stoffel Vandoorne and Virgin's Robin Frijns.

FE debutant Felipe Nasr was 19th, behind DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer.

NIO's Oliver Turvey lost precious track time after colliding with the inside of the chicane that follows the stadium section, but returned to take 17th.

The placement of attack mode zone inside the slow, tight turns of the stadium section of the Mexico City circuit ran without incident, although Massa almost collided with another car there in the otherwise largely uneventful first session.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 59.319s -
2 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 59.397s 0.078s
3 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 59.439s 0.120s
4 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 59.452s 0.133s
5 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 59.486s 0.167s
6 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 59.613s 0.294s
7 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 59.687s 0.368s
8 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 59.710s 0.391s
9 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 59.731s 0.412s
10 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 59.783s 0.464s
11 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 59.919s 0.600s
12 Felipe Nasr Dragon Penske 59.983s 0.664s
13 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 1m00.001s 0.682s
14 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 1m00.064s 0.745s
15 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Jaguar 1m00.101s 0.782s
16 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 1m00.111s 0.792s
17 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 1m00.115s 0.796s
18 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1m00.156s 0.837s
19 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m00.311s 0.992s
20 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1m00.516s 1.197s
21 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 1m00.572s 1.253s
22 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 1m00.613s 1.294s

Practice two times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 58.963s -
2 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 59.138s 0.175s
3 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 59.248s 0.285s
4 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 59.323s 0.360s
5 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 59.384s 0.421s
6 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 59.396s 0.433s
7 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 59.456s 0.493s
8 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Jaguar 59.474s 0.511s
9 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 59.506s 0.543s
10 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 59.590s 0.627s
11 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 59.595s 0.632s
12 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 59.600s 0.637s
13 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 59.687s 0.724s
14 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 59.742s 0.779s
15 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 59.820s 0.857s
16 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 59.876s 0.913s
17 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 59.911s 0.948s
18 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 59.923s 0.960s
19 Felipe Nasr Dragon Penske 1m00.155s 1.192s
20 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1m00.282s 1.319s
21 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1m00.355s 1.392s
22 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 1m00.414s 1.451s


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