Formula E

Buemi tops the second Buenos Aires ePrix practice session

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e.damsRenault’s Sébastien Buemi made it two out of two in the second practice at the Buenos Aires ePrix, as he topped the times once again with an impressive time of 1min 08.933secs.

His time was set early in the session, as the grid’s times dropped quickly before Venturi GP’s Stéphane  Sarrazin’s spin at turn four saw the Frenchman collide with the wall and damage the rear of the car.

Sarrazin crawled on, causing his spoiler to fall onto the track and cause the session’s one and only red flag that disrupted proceedings for a mere moment.

The session was green flagged with just over ten minutes to go and Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi followed the flag with a time of 1min 09.260secs that saw him secure second place.

It was a later push from Antonio Felix da Costa, but the Amlin Aguri driver was able to clinch third at the sessions end with a time of 1min 09.325secs as the Amlin team looked to improve on their previous outings.

His move up the times saw di Grassi’s team-mate Daniel Abt fall to fourth, preventing a repeat Audi Sport ABT two-three from this morning.

Abt’s 1min 09.640secs time was enough to see off the challenge of fifth placed Andretti Formula E Team driver JeanÉric Vergne, who despite clipping the wall, was able to post a time of 1min 09.837secs.

Sixth was the ever-improving Karun Chandhok, the Indian driver was able to take his Mahindra Racing RenaultSpark to a time of 1min 10.015secs. He was followed by the Virgin Racing car of Jaime Alguersuari and his time of 1min 10.040secs.

Sarrazin may have had the setback of a collision, effectively leaving him with the one car for qualifying, but he was able to put in a strong lap before he damaged the car. His lap of 1min 10.063secs narrowly falling short of Alguersuari as he took eighth.

The top ten was rounded off by Virgin’s Sam Bird, the Brit setting a time of 1min 10.084secs in a crowded midfield, before tenth was sealed by Trulli GP’s Jarno Trulli and his time of 1min 10.163secs.

With less than an hour before qualifying, the Formula E grid have a quick turnaround ahead of the four qualifying groups.

 

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A second year sports journalist at the University of Huddersfield, Tom Errington has spent over a year in the motorsport industry. He spent the 2014 season with SRO on British GT and British F3, even helping out with Blancpain in the Spa 24 Hours, before later becoming a freelancer with the Lotus F1 Team helping with PR and website content.
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