Formula E

Rowland fastest in first session of Formula E’s return

Aug 5 2020

Oliver Rowland – who faces a 20-place grid penalty – was fastest in a truncated first practice session for Formula E’s return to action at Berlin Tempelhof.

Nissan e.dams driver Rowland’s 1m07.832s lap of the the reversed version of the circuit put him a comfortable 0.236s clear of Sam Bird’s Envision Virgin-run Audi package.

Rowland was given the penalty yesterday as he required a second inverter change of the season after damage was sustained during pre-event charging.

The 45-minute opening session was halted with eight minutes on the clock when James Calado’s Jaguar stopped on track on its out-lap.

Calado had been unable to set a lap up to that point as a software problem led Jaguar to make a precautionary powertrain change.

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne was third ahead of Dragon’s Nico Muller and Mahindra’s Jerome D’Ambrosio.

Vergne’s points leading DS Techeetah team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa was 11th.

Alex Lynn, who has replaced Porsche-bound Pascal Wehrlein at Mahindra, was the best of the drivers in new teams in 12th.

DTM star Rene Rast started his return to FE in 17th, one place ahead of the man he’s replaced at Audi – Daniel Abt, now racing for NIO333.

Dragon’s new recruit Sergio Sette Camara, who has replaced Brendon Hartley, was slowest of the drivers to set a time.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Team Car Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 1m07.832s
2 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 +0.236s +0.236s 1m08.068s
3 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-TENSE FE20 +0.061s +0.297s 1m08.129s
4 Nico Müller Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 +0.039s +0.336s 1m08.168s
5 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro +0.051s +0.387s 1m08.219s
6 Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 +0.13s +0.517s 1m08.349s
7 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 +0.135s +0.652s 1m08.484s
8 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 +0.117s +0.769s 1m08.601s
9 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 +0.016s +0.785s 1m08.617s
10 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 +0.095s +0.88s 1m08.712s
11 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-TENSE FE20 +0.006s +0.886s 1m08.718s
12 Alex Lynn Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro +0.065s +0.951s 1m08.783s
13 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 +0.033s +0.984s 1m08.816s
14 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 +0.18s +1.164s 1m08.996s
15 Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 +0.2s +1.364s 1m09.196s
16 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV +0.003s +1.367s 1m09.199s
17 René Rast Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 +0.037s +1.404s 1m09.236s
18 Daniel Abt NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 +0.011s +1.415s 1m09.247s
19 Andre Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric +0.062s +1.477s 1m09.309s
20 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 +0.069s +1.546s 1m09.378s
21 Felipe Massa ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 +0.012s +1.558s 1m09.39s
22 Neel Jani TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric +0.115s +1.673s 1m09.505s
23 Sérgio Sette Câmara Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 +0.477s +2.15s 1m09.982s
24 James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV
Oliver Rowland Nissan Berlin Formula E 2020

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