Punta del Este Formula E: Virgin's Jaime Alguersuari leads practice

Ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 racer Jaime Alguersuari set the pace during two frantic Formula E practice sessions in Punta del Este in Uruguay for Virgin Racing

Punta del Este Formula E: Virgin's Jaime Alguersuari leads practice

In hot and sunny conditions at the beachside street track, the sandy surface caused all sorts of drama and the sessions were halted three times.

Alguersuari dodged the red flags and was the only man in the 1m15s bracket, with a quickest time of 1m15.930s.

The Spaniard was 0.145 seconds faster than Abt's Lucas di Grassi, with Stephane Sarrazin third quickest for Venturi.

Two-time pole-winner Prost was fourth fastest for DAMS, and had set the best lap in the first session with a 1m16.696s, which was just over a tenth clear of Daniel Abt and Jerome d'Ambrosio.

The incidents were sparked when Bruno Senna spun at Turn 1 in the opening session.

Trulli's Michele Cerruti then nosed into wall after locking the rears under braking at Turn 1, which caused the weekend's first red flag, although she was able to drive back to the pits.

In the second session, the second red flag was required to retrieve debris from Antonio Garcia's China Racing car after he smacked the wall at Turn 18.

He then damaged the rear of his second car in another crash, this time at Turn 17, later on.

Di Grassi sustained suspension damage when he hit one of the yellow 'banana kerbs'.

The pesky yellow kerb was the cause of the third red flag too when an Amlin Aguri car dislodged it at the quick chicane.

The kerbs also caused an issue for Andretti's Matthew Brabham, whose car suffered chassis damage when bolts from the kerbs worked lose and raked through the floor in the first session.

He currently only has one car at his disposal, and a space chassis has been delivered to the team.

PRACTICE ONE:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1m16.696s -
2 Daniel Abt Abt 1m16.828s 0.132s
3 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1m16.959s 0.263s
4 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1m17.192s 0.496s
5 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1m17.222s 0.526s
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 1m17.395s 0.699s
7 Jarno Trulli Trulli 1m17.581s 0.885s
8 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1m17.628s 0.932s
9 Matthew Brabham Andretti 1m17.675s 0.979s
10 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 1m17.999s 1.303s
11 Oriol Servia Dragon 1m18.013s 1.317s
12 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 1m18.275s 1.579s
13 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1m18.319s 1.623s
14 Antonio Garcia China 1m18.504s 1.808s
15 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 1m18.713s 2.017s
16 Lucas di Grassi Abt 1m19.058s 2.362s
17 Sam Bird Virgin 1m19.611s 2.915s
18 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 1m19.791s 3.095s
19 Michela Cerruti Trulli 1m20.358s 3.662s
20 Salvador Duran Aguri 1m22.751s 6.055s

PRACTICE TWO:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 1m15.930s -
2 Lucas di Grassi Abt 1m16.075s 0.145s
3 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1m16.548s 0.618s
4 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1m16.548s 0.618s
5 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1m16.600s 0.670s
6 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 1m16.689s 0.759s
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 1m16.716s 0.786s
8 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 1m17.006s 1.076s
9 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1m17.214s 1.284s
10 Sam Bird Virgin 1m17.233s 1.303s
11 Oriol Servia Dragon 1m17.502s 1.572s
12 Jarno Trulli Trulli 1m17.660s 1.730s
13 Daniel Abt Abt 1m17.885s 1.955s
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 1m18.052s 2.122s
15 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1m18.355s 2.425s
16 Salvador Duran Aguri 1m18.701s 2.771s
17 Antonio Garcia China 1m19.232s 3.302s
18 Michela Cerruti Trulli 1m20.615s 4.685s
19 Matthew Brabham Andretti 1m20.856s 4.926s
20 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 1m22.910s 6.980s

shares
comments
Salvador Duran gets Aguri Formula E chance in Punta del Este
Previous article

Salvador Duran gets Aguri Formula E chance in Punta del Este

Next article

Punta del Este Formula E: Debut pole for ex-F1 man Jean-Eric Vergne

Punta del Este Formula E: Debut pole for ex-F1 man Jean-Eric Vergne
The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era Plus

The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

A low-key Valencia test left some quarters of Porsche's Formula E squad worried, but a 100% winning start for the German manufacturer's powertrain in 2022-23 underlines its early race day advantage. Porsche's key figures explain the strong start in Gen3, and why the work is only just beginning

Formula E
Feb 1, 2023
How Wehrlein's Diriyah double reveals Formula E's form book shake-up Plus

How Wehrlein's Diriyah double reveals Formula E's form book shake-up

After Porsche-powered drivers locked out the top two positions to open Formula E's new Gen3 era in Mexico, the order was reversed in Diriyah. Ex-Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein's factory car headed Jake Dennis's customer Andretti machine in both races under the Riyadh lights in a display that leaves little doubt as to which package currently has the edge

Formula E
Jan 30, 2023
The first impressions of Formula E's brave new era Plus

The first impressions of Formula E's brave new era

OPINION: Formula E kicked off its Gen3 era at Mexico City with keen anticipation - and anxiety - surrounding its new, more powerful cars. Here's how the new machinery got on in its first race, and what could be open to improvement later down the line

Formula E
Jan 17, 2023
How Dennis dominated Formula E's new generation opener Plus

How Dennis dominated Formula E's new generation opener

Formula E’s Gen3 era kicked off with more unpredictability as Andretti’s Jake Dennis recovered from poor pre-season testing to dominate in Mexico. Here's how it played out and what the opener hints at what is to come in the new generation of the electric series

Formula E
Jan 16, 2023
Is this a Formula E 'nearly man's' best chance yet at title glory? Plus

Is this a Formula E 'nearly man's' best chance yet at title glory?

With braking issues scuppering his championship hopes at a crucial moment in the 2021-22 Formula E season, Mitch Evans is more determined than ever heading into this year. He explains how he plans to make it third time lucky after two title near-misses

Formula E
Jan 12, 2023
Can McLaren make a success of its foray into Formula E? Plus

Can McLaren make a success of its foray into Formula E?

McLaren kept a two-time title-winning Formula E team alive after purchasing the Mercedes entry. But with new drivers and a switch to customer status, can it continue to succeed in its new orange era?

Formula E
Jan 11, 2023
10 things we learned from Valencia Formula E testing Plus

10 things we learned from Valencia Formula E testing

The prologue to the 2022/2023 Formula E season has concluded as the series gets set for the new Gen3 era. After almost four days of testing in Valencia this week, Autosport takes a look at the 10 major talking points that will dominate the build-up to the new campaign getting underway in January.

Formula E
Dec 17, 2022
How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race Plus

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

With Mercedes gone and DS moving teams, Jaguar has a big opportunity at the start of Formula E's Gen3 era. The technical challenges in understanding the new car have been vast, with senior figures James Barclay and Phil Charles outlining to Autosport the pitfalls along the way

Formula E
Dec 1, 2022