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Mortara suffers massive post-practice crash, Frijns fastest

Feb 27 2021
By Matt Beer

Robin Frijns beat Nyck de Vries in practice for Saturday’s ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race in Diriyah, which featured a massive crash for Edoardo Mortara after the chequered flag.

Mortara’s incident happened as the field undertook practice starts following the session finish.

His Venturi-run Mercedes failed to slow for the first corner and went straight on into the barriers at the end of the runoff area.

Edoardo Mortara crash Diriyah Formula E 2021

Mortara has been extracted from his car and is being taken to hospital.

A Venturi team spokersperson said: “Edo has been taken to the hospital. He is conscious, talking, and moving his fingers and toes.

“It is a precaution and when we have more information we will let you know.”

Frijns’ timesheet-topping lap made him the first driver to outpace the previously dominant de Vries at this event.

Robin Frijns (nld) Envision Virgin Racing, Audi E Tron Fe07

In a strong session for an Envision Virgin team that had endured a miserable Friday, Frijns’ late 1m07.294s beat race one winner de Vries’ Mercedes by 0.146s just before Frijns’ team-mate Nick Cassidy slotted into third.

Frijns had missed Friday qualifying after crashing in yesterday’s corresponding practice session. That incident prompted a battery change that Frijns felt might have been overcautious but was mandatory due to the sensor readings from his shunt.

Cassidy then appeared to earn a superpole place for his Formula E debut, only to have his lap controversially deleted due to the yellow flags for Sergio Sette Camara’s accident.

De Vries had been fastest in both the first two practice sessions, both elements of race one qualifying and then led the Friday night race from start to finish.

He will find it hard to replicate that form in today’s race as under Formula E’s qualifying format he will run in the first group of cars and therefore have the least favourable track conditions.

Oliver Rowland was fourth for Nissan ahead of reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa and Mortara.

Andre Lotterer Diriyah crash

The Saturday session was also disrupted by a red flag for a crash by Porsche driver Andre Lotterer.

He lost control near the foot of the circuit’s downhill section and hit the wall with both sides of the car, leaving Porsche doubtful about whether repairs can be completed in time for qualifying.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Team Car Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07 1m07.294s
2 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 +0.146s +0.146s 1m07.44s
3 Nick Cassidy Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07 +0.009s +0.155s 1m07.449s
4 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 +0.003s +0.158s 1m07.452s
5 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE20 +0.06s +0.218s 1m07.512s
6 Edoardo Mortara RokIT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 +0.036s +0.254s 1m07.548s
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 +0.014s +0.268s 1m07.562s
8 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 +0.187s +0.455s 1m07.749s
9 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 +0.029s +0.484s 1m07.778s
10 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07 +0.106s +0.59s 1m07.884s
11 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Formula E Team NIO 333 001 +0.133s +0.723s 1m08.017s
12 Jake Dennis BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21 +0.01s +0.733s 1m08.027s
13 René Rast Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07 +0.163s +0.896s 1m08.19s
14 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE20 +0.001s +0.897s 1m08.191s
15 Tom Blomqvist NIO 333 Formula E Team NIO 333 001 +0.059s +0.956s 1m08.25s
16 Norman Nato RokIT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 +0.006s +0.962s 1m08.256s
17 Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21 +0.062s +1.024s 1m08.318s
18 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Porsche 99X Electric +0.08s +1.104s 1m08.398s
19 Alex Lynn Mahinda Racing Mahindra M7Electro +0.132s +1.236s 1m08.53s
20 Nico Müller Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-4 +0.073s +1.309s 1m08.603s
21 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 +0.05s +1.359s 1m08.653s
22 Alexander Sims Mahinda Racing Mahindra M7Electro +0.19s +1.549s 1m08.843s
23 Sérgio Sette Câmara Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-4 +0.003s +1.552s 1m08.846s
24 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Porsche 99X Electric +0.955s +2.507s 1m09.801s

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