Championship leader Sebastien Buemi has ended the second practice session of the Montreal ePrix with a heavy crash into the barriers, destroying his car.
Identified as driver error rather than mechanical failure by Renault e.Dams boss Jean-Paul Driot, Buemi hit the Techpro barriers, scattering debris and destroying the front of his car. With five hours until the race, the session was red-flagged and a gigantic repair job assigned to the Renault garage.
Buemi confirmed he was unharmed but that the scale of the work needed was huge, after checking over the car himself before exiting it.
Apparently good conditions have somewhat disguised a dusty, dirty and apparently quite slippery track – earlier in the session Lucas di Grassi and Adam Carroll had both investigated the run-off areas and cars were skidding under braking.
Buemi’s team-mate Nico Prost had topped the timings for FP2 before the crash with a time of 1:22.180s, leading the Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne and the Mahindra of Felix Rosenqvist.
Their respective team-mates Stephane Sarrazin and Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top five, while Loic Duval showed improved pace for the Faraday Future Dragon Racing squad in seventh.
Unable to complete a 200kW lap, Buemi ended the session in P18 and will have to make the most of his second car in qualifying.
Hazel Southwell | e-racing.net
Additional reporting by Topher Smith