Felix Rosenqvist has set the fastest lap of the weekend so far in FP4, while Sebastien Buemi only managed second and Lucas di Grassi stayed out of trouble in midfield.
A slightly messy FP4 has seen times drop again from yesterday’s qualifying and race – 200kW laps are now down to the low 1:21s, as drivers familiarise themselves with the track, including some close investigations of run-offs.
After a somewhat snaggly race yesterday, including a spin following forcing Nick Heidfeld into a wall, Loic Duval flirted with a near-collision with Nelson Piquet Jr in FP3 and went on to nearly nose the Techpro. Buemi destroyed this time yesterday and then explored a run-off area. Maybe worthwhile, however, as he ended the session eight places higher than his team-mate.
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That gap was eclipsed however by a 17 place gap between the Mahindras – Heidfeld struggling in 18th while Rosenqvist charged to be the fastest driver of the session – and weekend thus far – with a 1:21.183s. Speaking to us yesterday, Felix said the track was harsh at punishing mistakes like the left-rear knock he had in the race but he seems to not be making any today, over a second faster than Heidfeld.
Piquet Jr and Mitch Evans both had track-limit-testing incidents during 200kw laps, although Evans still managed 11th, ahead of both Piquet and his team-mate Adam Carroll with a 1.21.962, the last driver to duck below 1:22.
Meanwhile the two championship rivals seemed to have differently varied fortunes. Buemi could only manage second place, behind Rosenqvist by 0.17 seconds with a 1:21.290. di Grassi on the other hand was almost pedestrian in midfield – 10th with a 1:21.896, perhaps acutely aware he has a championship to lose, as things stand and wanting to avoid Buemi’s mistake of yesterday.
Hazel Southwell | e-racing.net
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