Formula E

Vergne and Rowland shine during Practice for Rome ePrix

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Jean-Eric Vergne - DS Techeetah - 2019 Rome E-prix - Shakedown
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Jean-Eric Vergne set the fastest time for DS Techeetah over the course of the two practice sessions for the 2019 Rome ePrix.

However, it was Sanya ePrix pole sitter Oliver Rowland for Nissan e.dams, who had set the fastest time in Practice 1. The rookie was less than a tenth clear of the Frenchman, with Lucas di Grassi a further two tenths back in the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.

Less than a second separated the top fourteen drivers in the first session.

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Rowland bettered his own time in Practice 2 but it would be Jean-Eric Vergne clocking the best lap time of the weekend so far, nearly two tenths clear of second place Antonio Felix da Costa.

The session was red flagged for five minutes though after Jose Maria Lopez‘s off at Turn 16 that saw his GEOX Dragon Racing car picking up front suspension damage. That incident kept him in the garage for the rest of the session, which meant he was unable to set a representative time.

Felipe Massa in his Venturi suffered a driveshaft failure, which caused him to spin at Turn 13 and bring out a brief full course yellow.

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Qualifying begins later today at 10:45 BST.

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