Monaco Formula E: Bruno Senna fastest in free practice

Mahindra Racing driver Bruno Senna was fastest overall after the two free practice sessions for today's Formula E race at Monaco

Monaco Formula E: Bruno Senna fastest in free practice

The 20 drivers spent the first session adjusting to the circuit, which is shorter than the Formula 1 layout.

Drivers turn sharp right at the first corner, and then run straight to the harbour front chicane. This is a hairpin on the Formula E layout, and the rest of the circuit is then the same as the final sector of the F1 track.

Jerome D'Ambrosio went fastest early in the 45-minute opening session with a 56.326s. Charles Pic then lowered the marker to 55.536s.

As the track rubbered in the times tumbled and the session was finally topped by the e.dams Renault team. Nicolas Prost, with a time of 54.171s, finished a 10th of a second ahead of Sebastien Buemi.

Briton Sam Bird suffered a technical problem at the end of session one, which shortened his running. He was still seventh fastest, but in the second session he fell to 18th.

The second session was interrupted by two very brief red flag stoppages.

The first came after Nick Heidfeld tore up a marker post on the exit of the Swimming Pool, and then Antonio Felix da Costa repeated the feat 10 minutes later.

Jaime Alguersuari set a rapid 53.871s lap but Senna beat it at the end of the session with a time of 53.770s. The top 12 drivers were covered by a second.

Few drivers had incidents. A spin for Daniel Abt at Ste Devote and a lurid slide towards the exit wall of the final corner for Prost, both in session two, was the closest anyone got to hitting the Armco.

FREE PRACTICE 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nicolas Prost e.dams 54.171s - 36
2 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 54.286s 0.115s 36
3 Charles Pic China 55.536s 1.365s 35
4 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 55.919s 1.748s 31
5 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 56.003s 1.832s 37
6 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 56.038s 1.867s 37
7 Sam Bird Virgin 56.070s 1.899s 26
8 Lucas di Grassi Abt 56.278s 2.107s 31
9 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 56.357s 2.186s 30
10 Loic Duval Dragon 56.366s 2.195s 37
11 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 56.373s 2.202s 33
12 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 56.388s 2.217s 36
13 Scott Speed Andretti 56.392s 2.221s 24
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 56.448s 2.277s 28
15 Bruno Senna Mahindra 56.539s 2.368s 38
16 Daniel Abt Abt 56.795s 2.624s 34
17 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 56.891s 2.720s 25
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli 57.010s 2.839s 26
19 Jarno Trulli Trulli 57.100s 2.929s 33
20 Salvador Duran Aguri 57.248s 3.077s 22

FREE PRACTICE 2

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Bruno Senna Mahindra 53.770s - 17
2 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 53.872s 0.102s 21
3 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 54.007s 0.237s 17
4 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 54.189s 0.419s 19
5 Nicolas Prost e.dams 54.220s 0.450s 21
6 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 54.332s 0.562s 21
7 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 54.373s 0.603s 21
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 54.408s 0.638s 21
9 Scott Speed Andretti 54.645s 0.875s 13
10 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 54.693s 0.923s 16
11 Lucas di Grassi Abt 54.744s 0.974s 10
12 Salvador Duran Aguri 54.764s 0.994s 16
13 Loic Duval Dragon 54.916s 1.146s 16
14 Jarno Trulli Trulli 54.976s 1.206s 16
15 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 55.071s 1.301s 13
16 Charles Pic China 55.124s 1.354s 19
17 Daniel Abt Abt 55.485s 1.715s 16
18 Sam Bird Virgin 55.712s 1.942s 15
19 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 55.981s 2.211s 13
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli 56.163s 2.393s 16


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