Di Grassi Tops Second Practice at Long Beach ePrix

by Connor Jackson

Lucas di Grassi sets a quick lap towards the end of the second free practice session at Long Beach to beat the other competitors by 0.773 seconds with a lap of 57.305.

The session started with Nico Prost the first man out on track. Like practice 1, the drivers were straight out on track. Many of the cars had the power turned up, however; some fast lap times were not set as others, who were on slow laps, held up their fellow competitors.

Sam Bird also struggled as he locked up an early attempt, ruining his lap time. Despite this, the cars were going quicker than they had in Free Practice 1 as Sebastian Buemi again went to the top of the charts with a 58.0 second lap. The cars were running less conservatively in the session as they wanted to test the cars ability before qualifying.

With 21 minutes to go, Vitantonio Liuzzi found himself slowly making his way back to the pits after the suspension broke on his car on the left rear of the car. His crawl back to the pits ruined a few drivers quick times, including his team mates fast run. Despite these interruptions it was the e.Dams team who were 1st and 2nd.

Jean-Eric Vergne was the next car to fall into trouble, as he hit the wall on the exit of turn 5. He tried to overtake Lucas di Grassi on the outside and as a result got on the dirty side of the track. This resulted in him running wide and losing the back end. The damage was enough to bring out a red flag and begin a salvage operation from the Andretti Formula E team.

With 17 minutes left of the session the clock ran down. Drivers like Bruno Senna, decided to cut the end of the session and made their way back to the paddock. But the session would restart after a short clean up from the marshals.

Di Grassi made the most of the restarted session and went top, ensuring he beat the e.dams cars of Buemi and Prost.

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