Putrajaya Formula E: Loic Duval leads practice for Dragon Racing

Loic Duval edged Beijing ePrix winner Sebastien Buemi to top practice for the second round of the Formula E season in Putrajaya

Putrajaya Formula E: Loic Duval leads practice for Dragon Racing

Dragon Racing driver Duval leapt up the timing screen in the closing stages of the session with a 1m20.188s, besting the fastest time from last year's Malaysian round by more than a second.

He survived a big moment through the penultimate corner, a fast left-hander, as he beat Buemi by 0.084s in a 75-minute session littered with incidents.

Buemi, whose Renault e.dams team dominated the opener in China, led the way for most of the running but didn't improve on his second effort with 200kW of power after a mistake in the first sector.

Two tenths behind Buemi came Daniel Abt in the first of the Abt Audi Sport cars.

The German's team-mate Lucas di Grassi looked rapid but went off at Turn 3 on his first full power run and had a lurid slide exiting the hairpin on the second run, which had threatened to be a session-topping time until that point.

Di Grassi regrouped and ran again, but wound up 0.4s behind Duval in fifth.

Between the two Abt Schaeffler FE01s was Sam Bird, a shade quicker than di Grassi.

The Briton complained of braking and ride issues in the Beijing race but his and DS Virgin Racing team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne's pace appears strong again in Putrajaya, Vergne the last of the eight cars within a second of Duval.

The NEXTEV TCR team's difficult start to the season continued with a troubled practice session for both its drivers.

Oliver Turvey ended with a long stoppage on track in the final sector, having already spun at Turn 3.

Champion Nelson Piquet Jr had other issues, stopping on track in the early stages and later having his own off at Turn 3, running straight on shortly after Turvey's error.

He wound up 16th, 2.4s off the pace and only a shade faster than 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who stopped on track at the same time as Piquet with a suspected battery issue.

Other drivers to suffer minor dramas included Buemi's Renault e.dams team-mate Nicolas Prost, who stopped briefly on the start-finish straight.

Jerome d'Ambrosio had an off at Turn 3 in the second Dragon Racing entry and looked set to join his team-mate at the top of the times late on before being scuppered by the yellow flags brought out by Turvey's stoppage.

The session was red flagged twice in the opening 15 minutes, first for a fallen banner and then after a bolt had come loose at the Turn 7 chicane.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Loic Duval Dragon Venturi 1m20.188s - 27
2 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 1m20.272s 0.084s 29
3 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m20.468s 0.280s 20
4 Sam Bird Virgin Virgin 1m20.541s 0.353s 28
5 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m20.613s 0.425s 21
6 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 1m20.700s 0.512s 26
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri Spark 1m20.760s 0.572s 28
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin Virgin 1m20.825s 0.637s 28
9 Bruno Senna Mahindra Mahindra 1m21.238s 1.050s 30
10 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 1m21.251s 1.063s 29
11 Oliver Turvey China NEXTEV TCR 1m21.478s 1.290s 27
12 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Venturi 1m21.486s 1.298s 25
13 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 1m21.496s 1.308s 30
14 Nathanael Berthon Aguri Spark 1m21.528s 1.340s 25
15 Robin Frijns Andretti Spark 1m22.398s 2.210s 26
16 Nelson Piquet Jr. China NEXTEV TCR 1m22.592s 2.404s 25
17 Jacques Villeneuve Venturi Venturi 1m22.714s 2.526s 23
18 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Spark 1m22.826s 2.638s 20

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