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What happened in first Formula E practice at new London track

Jul 23 2021
By Josh Suttill

Jean-Eric Vergne was quickest in the opening practice session ahead of Formula E’s double-header in London, just 0.004s ahead of Robin Frijns.

The London ExCel Arena venue is a part-indoor, part-outdoor circuit that’s tight and twisty in most places – with flat-out racing expected.

Two-time champion Vergne, who is just 13 points off the championship lead in sixth place, topped the session with a 1m21.650s for DS Techeetah just ahead of fellow title contender Frijns.

Championship leader Sam Bird, winner of the second 2015 London E-Prix, was third-fastest for Jaguar Racing, while defending champion Antonio Felix da Costa made up the top four.

Bird is currently leading the championship by five points ahead of da Costa and Frijns.

Bird’s team-mate Mitch Evans just was 0.096s slower than Vergne’s benchmark but ended the session in fifth place.

Mahindra’s Alex Lynn finished the 45-minute session in sixth place, one spot ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne.

Vandoorne and his Mercedes team are in desperate need of a strong weekend, having spent three months away from the podium positions.

Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein was eight-fastest ahead of Vandoorne’s team-mate Nyck de Vries.

Dragon Penske Autosport’s Sergio Sette Camara rounded out the top 10 ahead of Edoardo Mortara (Venturi) and BMW i Andretti’s Jake Dennis.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Team Car Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 1m21.65s
2 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07 +0.004s +0.004s 1m21.654s
3 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 +0.034s +0.038s 1m21.688s
4 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 +0.027s +0.065s 1m21.715s
5 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 +0.031s +0.096s 1m21.746s
6 Alex Lynn Mahinda Racing Mahindra M7Electro +0.048s +0.144s 1m21.794s
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 +0.021s +0.165s 1m21.815s
8 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Porsche 99X Electric +0.122s +0.287s 1m21.937s
9 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 +0.021s +0.308s 1m21.958s
10 Sérgio Sette Câmara Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 +0.08s +0.388s 1m22.038s
11 Edoardo Mortara RokIT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 +0.007s +0.395s 1m22.045s
12 Jake Dennis BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21 +0.009s +0.404s 1m22.054s
13 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Porsche 99X Electric +0.089s +0.493s 1m22.143s
14 Norman Nato RokIT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 +0.084s +0.577s 1m22.227s
15 René Rast Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07 +0.069s +0.646s 1m22.296s
16 Joel Eriksson Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 +0.005s +0.651s 1m22.301s
17 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07 +0.041s +0.692s 1m22.342s
18 Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21 +0.087s +0.779s 1m22.429s
19 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM03 +0.02s +0.799s 1m22.449s
20 Nick Cassidy Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07 +0.008s +0.807s 1m22.457s
21 Alexander Sims Mahinda Racing Mahindra M7Electro +0.099s +0.906s 1m22.556s
22 Tom Blomqvist NIO 333 Formula E Team NIO 333 001 +0.072s +0.978s 1m22.628s
23 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM03 +0.017s +0.995s 1m22.645s
24 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Formula E Team NIO 333 001 +0.118s +1.113s 1m22.763s

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