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Di Grassi shines in the City of Light in FP2

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  • Formula E-returnee Mike Conway spun and finished the session in P17.
  • Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist was leading the session for quite some time.

The second and far-less eventful second practice session saw Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) on top, after the majority of drivers focused on working on their race runs instead of putting in many qualifying laps.

Slightly warmer than this morning, the Formula E drivers lined up to take on the Circuit des Invalides on the streets of the fascinating Paris city centre for the second time. Following an eventful 45-minute first practice session, the 20 drivers now had 30 minutes to fine-tune their setup and understanding of the track the following qualifying session. Just like we have seen this morning, the majority of the field headed out immediately, with the times constantly dropping and the pecking order changing almost every second.

Championship leader and fastest in FP1, Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams), was the only driver to put in a lap in qualifying mode in the first practice session earlier on in the morning so the main question going into FP” was whether the other teams would be able to match the pace Renault e.dams had shown earlier. Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) was leading the pack with a 1.02,311min lap time ahead of Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) and Nelson Piquet JR (NextEV NIO) once the first rush to get out on track had calmed down. His time, while impressive, was still about one second slower than the fastest lap seen in Paris last season, so it looked like there was still room for improvement.

For quite some time, fans did not see any faster laps being put in as the drivers were focusing on practising race runs instead of qualifying laps to prepare themselves of the ePrix challenge later on. The session developed without any disruptions, apart from a handful of drivers making use of the run-off area in turn 1 and Mike Conway (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) spinning on the start-finish straight. Meanwhile, Rosenqvist improved his time to a 1:01.707min, while Antonio Felix da Costa (Andretti Formula E) advanced to P2. IT was not long, though, before Jose-Maria Lopez (DS Virgin Racing) took the lead.

In the last few minutes of the session, the drivers were putting in some more 200kW laps, yet for quite some time no one was able to beat Lopez’ time. With just a few seconds on the clock, Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) topped the timesheets ahead of Lopez and Buemi.

ANTONIA GRZELAK | e-racing.net

Image courtesy of Rajan Jangda/ e-racing.net

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