Vergne rockets to top of timesheets at Donington test

FIA Formula E Season 3 Testing - Day Two. Donington Park Racecourse, Derby, United Kingdom. Wednesday 24 August 2016. Photo: Adam Warner / LAT / FE. ref: Digital Image _L5R0347

Jean-Eric Vergne put his Techeetah car at the top of the timesheets on his first day of running for the team.

Having sat out day one of the first official Formula E test at Donington Park, Vergne wasted no time in getting to grips with his new car as he set a lap record for the series in the morning session.

It came after Techeetah confirmed earlier in the day that they would be using the Renault Z.E.16 powertrain.

Team Principal Mark Preston told Autosport, “It’s the first running we’ve done. There was a prolonged period of discussion.”

“They won’t tell us how to make it go fast, but they’ll make sure we’re OK and running reliably.”

Behind Vergne, Felix Rosenqvist again showed that Mahindra Racing has impressive pace by equalling teammate Nick Heidfeld’s second place in the standings from yesterday.

It was another strong day for Renault e.dams as well, with Sebastien Buemi managing third and Nico Prost two and a half tenths behind in seventh.

Daniel Abt was the faster of the two Abt Schaeffler Audi cars as he came fourth, ahead of Sam Bird and Heidfeld.

Lucas di Grassi slipped down the order from yesterday, finishing up in eleventh behind both Dragon Racing cars and the NextEV TCR of Oliver Turvey.

Meanwhile at Jaguar they were assessing the second of the three drivers vying for the second seat at the team.

With Adam Carroll taking up one seat Mitch Evans was trying to impress the team today, and while he managed to outpace Carroll it wasn’t by as big a margin as Alex Lynn managed yesterday.

Once again Venturi were bottom of the timesheets. While they were closer to the rest of the pack than yesterday, it looks as if the Monegasque team might struggle.


Formula E Test One, Day Two Standings

1Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah1:29.634
2Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing1:29.719
3Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams1:29.765
4Daniel AbtGERAbt Audi Schaeffler1:30.192
5Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing1:30.294
6Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing1:30.330
7Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams1:30.344
8Loic DuvalFRADragon Racing1:30.542
9Jerome d'AmbrosioBELDragon Racing1:30.672
10Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TCR1:30.693
11Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Audi Schaeffler1:30.777
12Antonio Felix da CostaPORAndretti1:31.121
13Jose Maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing1:31.159
14Robin FrijnsNEDAndretti1:31.183
15Mitch EvansNZLJaguar1:31.267
16Adam CarrollGBRJaguar1:31.376
17Maro EngelGERVenturi1:31.424
18Stephane SarrazinFRAVenturi1:31.513
19Ma Qing HuaCHNTecheetah1:33.361