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Buemi shows intent in opening practice

In a weekend that could prove crucial to his title aspirations, Sebastien Buemi got day one of the Berlin ePrix off to a perfect start as he headed a Renault e.dams 1-2 at the Tempelhof Airport.

FP1 saw the first representative lap times around the new circuit in the German capital, with multiple drivers exchanging fastest laps as they got to grips with the slippery track.

Local favourite Nick Heidfeld topped the timing sheets early on before Jose Maria Lopez put in a solid lap to head the field for the majority of the session.

Nelson Piquet Jr became the first driver to take a trip into the unforgiving barriers as the Brazilian suffered from a moment of oversteer through turn four and clouted the left front section of his car into the wall.

There was a brief red flag period as Mitch Evans’ Panasonic Jaguar Racing car came to a stop on the inside of turn nine, with the recovery vehicle called into action to retrieve the stricken Kiwi.

With the action back underway, Felix Rosenqvist and Nico Prost both took turns in P1 before Buemi put in a 200kW lap to go almost six tenths of a second faster than his team-mate.

Rosenqvist maintained P3 on the timing sheets, with Lopez and Sam Bird ensuring that both DS Virgin Racing machines were in the top five.

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Images courtesy of Rajan Jangda

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