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da Costa leads the way in second practice

Antonio Felix da Costa set the best time of the weekend at the Hermanos Rodríguez Circuit, ahead of ABB FIA Formula E’s Mexico City ePrix. He was followed by Venturi’s Felipe Massa, and Sebastian Buemi of Nissan e.dams.

Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) had a small spin bwhen opening his first flying lap, as did Massa. Daniel Abt also locked up his brakes in the very first seconds of the session.

Andre Lotterer (DS Techeetah) posted the first fastest time of the session with a 59.923s. Later, Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) jumped to the top, beating him by 0.321s. Buemi jumped to second place after seven minutes were completed.

da Costa moved up to the lead for BMW I Andretti Motorsport, setting 59.461, ahead of Evans, Buemi, Lotterer and Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland, followed by GEOX Dragon rookie Felipe Nasr.

The track was visibly warmer than in Practice 1, which was held in the early morning. However, the drivers still struggled at times for grip. Oliver Turvey failed to set a flying lap after he damaged his front left suspension due to running over a kerb.

Nelson Piquet Jr was another of the drivers who battled against Turn 1, running wide and wasting his lap.

José María López took the lead of the session when entering the last 10 minutes, setting a 59.396s, seconds before da Costa improved the benchmark, breaking into the 58 second range with a 58.963s.

Massa managed to grab second place five minutes from the end, just 0.175 behind Da Costa. Buemi remained in third ahead of Jerome d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing), Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing) and López. Rowland, Piquet Jr, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Abt rounded off the top 10.