Paris Formula E: Jaguar's Evans leads practice, Virgin pair crash

Mitch Evans set the fastest time across the two practice sessions for the 2019 ABB FIA Formula E race in Paris, with the first heavily disrupted by crashes

Paris Formula E: Jaguar's Evans leads practice, Virgin pair crash

The 45-minute opening session was wet throughout after rain overnight and drizzle continued as dawn broke.

Several drivers had moments during the early running, with Audi's Lucas di Grassi almost immediately losing his car's nose against the walls after he lost the rear on a bump, but it was the two Envision Virgin Racing drivers who had the biggest incidents.

First Robin Frijns hit the wall at the tight right-hander of Turn 3, which will be the first corner for the race due to the track's offset grid set-up, midway through the session.

He broke the front wing off his car and brought out the red flags before he was able to drive away.

The action resumed after a delay, but in the closing minutes of the session, Sam Bird crashed at the same spot and ripped the left-front from his car. That brought out the red flags again and the session was not restarted.

Bird did not appear in the second session as although his team fixed the damage on his car - which required a whole new front left corner to be rebuilt - there was not enough time left to dial in a set-up to allow him to run again in practice.

The track had dried for practice two, with times improving by over 10 seconds as a result.

Evans ultimately topped the session with a 1m00.226s after several drivers had enjoyed turns in first place.

Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland was among them and he ended up second, 0.103s slower than Evans, with di Grassi in third a further 0.039s back.

Andre Lotterer, who had topped first practice for DS Techeetah, was fourth ahead of Sebastien Buemi. Both drivers finished within 0.2s of Evans's time.

Buemi was handed a reprimand after clipping Bird at Turn 10 during the first session, which spun the Virgin driver around.

Daniel Abt ended practice two sixth for Audi ahead of 2018 Paris winner Jean-Eric Vergne, BMW Andretti's Antonio Felix da Costa and current championship leader Jerome d'Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing).

Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the top 10.

Although the track was dry in the second session, several drivers had moments.

Alex Lynn (Jaguar) and Dragon Racing's Jose Maria Lopez hit the barriers close to the pitlane entrance head on - although both were easily able to reverse away and ended up 17th and 20th respectively.

Buemi also lost the rear of his car further around the final corner at the pitlane entrance and briefly blocked the track.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 1m10.667s - 20
2 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 1m10.900s 0.233s 18
3 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 1m10.922s 0.255s 19
4 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1m11.276s 0.609s 19
5 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 1m11.277s 0.610s 12
6 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1m11.417s 0.750s 19
7 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1m11.474s 0.807s 17
8 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 1m11.571s 0.904s 18
9 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 1m11.808s 1.141s 17
10 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 1m11.853s 1.186s 19
11 Alex Lynn Jaguar Jaguar 1m11.921s 1.254s 19
12 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 1m11.937s 1.270s 18
13 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m12.056s 1.389s 19
14 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 1m12.119s 1.452s 19
15 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 1m12.129s 1.462s 19
16 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 1m12.439s 1.772s 17
17 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 1m12.514s 1.847s 20
18 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 1m12.831s 2.164s 16
19 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 1m12.853s 2.186s 18
20 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1m12.938s 2.271s 17
21 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 1m13.066s 2.399s 11
22 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 1m13.414s 2.747s 13

Practice two times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m00.226s - 19
2 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 1m00.329s 0.103s 21
3 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 1m00.368s 0.142s 22
4 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 1m00.397s 0.171s 27
5 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 1m00.407s 0.181s 22
6 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 1m00.430s 0.204s 23
7 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1m00.454s 0.228s 24
8 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 1m00.532s 0.306s 20
9 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 1m00.598s 0.372s 16
10 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 1m00.711s 0.485s 18
11 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1m00.850s 0.624s 20
12 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 1m00.892s 0.666s 19
13 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 1m01.019s 0.793s 20
14 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1m01.079s 0.853s 17
15 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 1m01.113s 0.887s 18
16 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 1m01.119s 0.893s 11
17 Alex Lynn Jaguar Jaguar 1m01.126s 0.900s 16
18 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 1m01.138s 0.912s 19
19 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 1m01.262s 1.036s 19
20 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 1m01.293s 1.067s 14
21 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1m02.302s 2.076s 8
22 Sam Bird Virgin Audi - - 0


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