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Rosenqvist tops FP4 as di Grassi holds back

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.

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.

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Hazel Southwell | e-racing.net

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