Miami Formula E: Sam Bird leads delayed practice for Virgin

Sam Bird topped the times in what became the only session of free practice ahead of qualifying for the Miami round of the Formula E Championship

Miami Formula E: Sam Bird leads delayed practice for Virgin

The Virgin Racing driver set a best lap of 1m06.588s around the 1.35-mile circuit in downtown Miami.

The Briton jumped to head of the timesheets in the closing minutes of the half-hour session to finish almost a tenth ahead of Mahindra driver Karun Chandhok, who ended up on a 1m06.689s.

Championship leader Lucas di Grassi was third fastest for the Abt team, a further two tenths back on a 1m06.909s.

Formula E debutant Scott Speed ended up fourth for the Andretti team and Daniel Abt fifth in the second Abt Spark-Renault SRT_01E.

Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top six in the best of the entries from the Venturi team.

Free practice had been due to start at 8:15am local time, but was set back in a series of steps while work was completed on the Miami ePrix street circuit.

The scheduled two sessions - one of 45 minutes and one of 30 - were initially combined into a one-hour period.

The continued delays meant this had to be reduced to 45, 35 and then 30 minutes, with the cars getting out onto the track at 11am.

Qualifying is due to start at 12:10pm (4pm GMT), 10 minutes later than originally scheduled.

The 39-lap race is still set to go ahead at 4:05pm local time.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sam Bird Virgin 1m06.588s - 18
2 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 1m06.689s 0.101s 16
3 Lucas di Grassi Abt 1m06.909s 0.321s 22
4 Scott Speed Andretti 1m07.265s 0.677s 15
5 Daniel Abt Abt 1m07.414s 0.826s 21
6 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1m07.446s 0.858s 19
7 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1m07.570s 0.982s 22
8 Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli 1m07.781s 1.193s 17
9 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1m07.892s 1.304s 19
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 1m07.980s 1.392s 20
11 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1m08.254s 1.666s 13
12 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1m08.495s 1.907s 21
13 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1m08.571s 1.983s 20
14 Charles Pic China 1m08.625s 2.037s 22
15 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 1m08.932s 2.344s 21
16 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 1m09.211s 2.623s 21
17 Loic Duval Dragon 1m09.239s 2.651s 20
18 Salvador Duran Aguri 1m09.357s 2.769s 17
19 Jarno Trulli Trulli 1m09.837s 3.249s 11
20 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 1m10.156s 3.568s 18


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