Santiago Formula E: Dragon's Lopez fastest in practice on new track

Dragon Racing driver Jose Maria Lopez set the fastest time across the two free practice sessions for ABB FIA Formula E's second visit to Santiago

Santiago Formula E: Dragon's Lopez fastest in practice on new track

Scorching temperatures are set to be a key factor in the outcome of the race, which takes place on a new 1.45-mile track set entirely within the city's O'Higgins Park.

When FP1 got underway at 8am, the temperature was already at 24.5C. Audi's Lucas di Grassi topped that session, which was disrupted by a big crash for Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi, with a best time of 1m08.630s

Virgin Racing pair Sam Bird and Robin Frijns each took a turn at the top during the shorter 30-minute second session - during which temperatures peaked at 28.4C - with the latter holding the benchmark time for much of FP2.

But during a string of fastest laps set on full power late on during the session, Lopez rose to the top of the times with a 1m08.194s.

He looked set to improve again with his final lap of FP2, setting fastest sectors in the opening two thirds of the track before fading in the final sector.

Frijns ended up second with his best full power effort - a 1m08.260s - coming during the flurry of fast times.

Di Grassi put himself third late on to split the Virgin drivers, with Bird ending up fourth as a result.

Pascal Wehrlein, who grappled with a sliding car throughout much of the early running, was fifth for Mahindra Racing.

Jaguar's Mitch Evans twice brushed the barrier at the exit of the Turn 12 left-hander, but did not cause visible damage to his machine and ended up sixth.

Championship leader Jerome d'Ambrosio was seventh in FP2 ahead of Alexander Sims, Oliver Rowland and Antonio Felix da Costa in the second BMW Andretti car.

Daniel Abt finished 11th ahead of DS Techeetah pair Jean-Eric Vergne, who locked up at the final hairpin midway through the second session, and Andre Lotterer.

Lotterer glanced the wall on the exit of the tight Turn 7 right-hander, which feeds onto the long curved section of the track, in the final 10 minutes of FP2 but was able to continue.

Buemi hit the track at the beginning of FP2 despite missing much of the first session following his heavy crash at Turn 7 during FP1.

The 2015/16 FE champions locked up heavily on the approach to the corner and struck the inside wall with his right-front, which sent him careering into the barriers on the outside with major damage to the right side of his car - causing a lengthy red-flag delay.

But Buemi's machine was fixed in time for him to go out and set the 15h best time in FP2.

Venturi's Felipe Massa was another driver to struggle with the handling of his car and experienced off-track moments at Turn 12 and the final corner on his way to 16th in FP2, just ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr (Jaguar) and HWA racer Stoffel Vandoorne.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 1m08.630s - 25
2 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1m08.776s 0.146s 25
3 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 1m08.988s 0.358s 24
4 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 1m09.059s 0.429s 26
5 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1m09.135s 0.505s 29
6 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 1m09.475s 0.845s 27
7 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 1m09.487s 0.857s 30
8 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 1m09.528s 0.898s 28
9 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 1m09.563s 0.933s 26
10 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 1m09.583s 0.953s 28
11 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m09.597s 0.967s 25
12 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1m09.700s 1.070s 28
13 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 1m09.751s 1.121s 24
14 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 1m09.780s 1.150s 26
15 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1m09.875s 1.245s 27
16 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Jaguar 1m09.991s 1.361s 23
17 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 1m10.017s 1.387s 26
18 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 1m10.305s 1.675s 18
19 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 1m10.309s 1.679s 26
20 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 1m10.349s 1.719s 20
21 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 1m10.350s 1.720s 30
22 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 1m13.891s 5.261s 5

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 1m08.194s - 19
2 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 1m08.260s 0.066s 16
3 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 1m08.299s 0.105s 16
4 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 1m08.341s 0.147s 16
5 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1m08.442s 0.248s 15
6 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m08.456s 0.262s 15
7 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 1m08.533s 0.339s 15
8 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1m08.660s 0.466s 15
9 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 1m08.684s 0.490s 14
10 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 1m08.755s 0.561s 13
11 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 1m08.781s 0.587s 16
12 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 1m08.823s 0.629s 14
13 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1m08.833s 0.639s 14
14 Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 1m08.856s 0.662s 18
15 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 1m08.892s 0.698s 21
16 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 1m08.896s 0.702s 17
17 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Jaguar 1m08.921s 0.727s 16
18 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 1m09.299s 1.105s 18
19 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 1m09.799s 1.605s 19
20 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 1m10.441s 2.247s 10
21 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 1m10.550s 2.356s 17
22 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 1m10.558s 2.364s 17

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