Paris Formula E: Mike Conway fastest in free practice

Venturi driver Mike Conway set the fastest time in practice for Formula E's inaugural Paris ePrix

Paris Formula E: Mike Conway fastest in free practice

The British driver edged Jean-Eric Vergne by 0.010s in the second of Saturday's two sessions, topping the times on a 1m01.386s.

Both Conway and DS Virgin Racing's Vergne carried notably greater speed into Turns 11 and 12 to make the most of the out-of-position timing line, which is between those two corners.

That approach put both drivers two tenths clear of Vergne's team-mate Sam Bird, who hit the wall at Turn 8 and broke something on the left-rear of his other DSV-01 earlier in the session.

Championship leader Lucas di Grassi was fourth fastest, while Stephane Sarrazin recovered from spinning and nosing into the barrier early on to complete a promising practice for Venturi with the fifth-best time.

Di Grassi's title rival Sebastien Buemi was down in 13th after not completing a clean full-power run.

The Renault e.dams driver, seeking to halt a run of disappointing qualifying performances and overturn a one-point deficit to di Grassi in the championship, did top the much slower opening session.

A number of drivers made mistakes as they got to grips with the 14-corner track, which is laid out around Paris's Les Invalides complex.

Daniel Abt went off in both sessions, under braking for the bumpy Turn 1 and Turn 8 respectively, while Bruno Senna locked up and ran straight on at Turn 1 before bouncing back to set the sixth-quickest time in FP2.

Robin Frijns had a quick spin in his Andretti Autosport entry, while the only stoppage across both sessions was caused by Jerome d'Ambrosio midway through FP1, who crawled to a halt on track when a technical problem hit his Venturi-powered Dragon car.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1m02.841s - 26
2 Lucas di Grassi Abt 1m02.981s 0.140s 26
3 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1m03.032s 0.191s 24
4 Sam Bird Virgin 1m03.099s 0.258s 28
5 Mike Conway Venturi 1m03.228s 0.387s 24
6 Loic Duval Dragon 1m03.365s 0.524s 21
7 Daniel Abt Abt 1m03.474s 0.633s 25
8 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1m03.570s 0.729s 32
9 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 1m03.611s 0.770s 25
10 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 1m03.618s 0.777s 28
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin 1m03.640s 0.799s 24
12 Robin Frijns Andretti 1m03.682s 0.841s 22
13 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 1m03.734s 0.893s 17
14 Simona de Silvestro Andretti 1m03.789s 0.948s 27
15 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1m03.855s 1.014s 28
16 Oliver Turvey China 1m03.903s 1.062s 31
17 Ma Qinghua Aguri 1m05.932s 3.091s 13
18 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1m07.352s 4.511s 14

FP2 TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Mike Conway Venturi 1m01.386s - 23
2 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin 1m01.396s 0.010s 21
3 Sam Bird Virgin 1m01.587s 0.201s 14
4 Lucas di Grassi Abt 1m01.621s 0.235s 20
5 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1m01.715s 0.329s 20
6 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1m01.841s 0.455s 17
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 1m01.924s 0.538s 18
8 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1m01.994s 0.608s 20
9 Robin Frijns Andretti 1m02.038s 0.652s 13
10 Daniel Abt Abt 1m02.143s 0.757s 20
11 Simona de Silvestro Andretti 1m02.183s 0.797s 16
12 Loic Duval Dragon 1m02.203s 0.817s 22
13 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1m02.258s 0.872s 21
14 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 1m02.275s 0.889s 20
15 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 1m02.481s 1.095s 12
16 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1m02.737s 1.351s 24
17 Oliver Turvey China 1m03.267s 1.881s 24
18 Ma Qinghua Aguri 1m03.407s 2.021s 24

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