Marrakesh E-Prix: Evans quickest in FP2 from di Grassi

Jaguar Formula E driver Mitch Evans was comfortably fastest in the second practice session ahead of the Marrakesh E-Prix, beating Audi’s Lucas di Grassi by two tenths.

Evans heads into the Morocco race at the top of the standings after his victory in Mexico City.

He backed that up with the fastest time in second practice, posting a 1m17.306s benchmark to eclipse the times from Friday’s opening session.

Evans set the fastest first and second sectors of the field and was only 0.003s shy in the final run in what the driver said was “actually quite a bad lap” over team radio.

Porsche’s Andre Lotterer had been the early leader. He initially set the benchmark with a 1m18.794s effort.

But as cars activated attack mode and set full power laps, the Mexico polesitter was bumped down to an eventual 13th.

Di Grassi and Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns were the late climbers, rising to second and third in the times – although di Grassi was still 0.236s off Evans.

Pascal Wehrlein ended up fourth fastest for Mahindra to edge ahead of Alexander Sims and the Mercedes of Nyck de Vries.

Santiago victor Maximilian Gunther suffered a big twitch in his BMW and ended the running in seventh over Edoardo Mortara.

Evans’s teammate James Calado was ninth as Oliver Rowland beat Nissan stablemate Sebastien Buemi to round out the top 10.

Opening practice pacesetter Antonio Felix da Costa was only 15th in a session where the DS Techeetahs struggled.  

Jean-Eric Vergne returned for the team after his Friday absence, which was caused by headaches.

He had been replaced in the car by the team’s test driver James Rossiter, who previously competed in SUPER GT for Nissan.

Rossiter was penned to contest the rookie test the day after the race, but having been granted a last-minute e-licence he is no longer eligible.

Since Vergne did not post a clean full-power lap, he was only 23rd fastest and 1.769s off the pace.

He was only quicker than the NIO 333 of Ma Qinghua, who was a further 1.935s behind reigning champion Vergne.

FP2 Results:

ClaDriverTeamTimeGap
1 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 1’17.309  
2 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 1’17.545 0.236
3 Robin Frijns Virgin Racing 1’17.580 0.271
4 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 1’17.629 0.320
5 Alexander Sims Andretti Autosport 1’17.683 0.374
6 Nyck de Vries Mercedes 1’17.790 0.481
7 Maximilian Gunther Andretti Autosport 1’17.841 0.532
8 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 1’17.868 0.559
9 James Calado Jaguar Racing 1’17.869 0.560
10 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1’17.876 0.567
11 Sébastien Buemi DAMS 1’17.903 0.594
12 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 1’17.910 0.601
13 Andre Lotterer Porsche Team 1’18.024 0.715
14 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 1’18.125 0.816
15 Antonio Felix da Costa Techeetah 1’18.214 0.905
16 Brendon Hartley Dragon Racing 1’18.221 0.912
17 Nico Müller Dragon Racing 1’18.369 1.060
18 Daniel Abt Team Abt 1’18.394 1.085
19 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 1’18.427 1.118
20 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes 1’18.577 1.268
21 Felipe Massa Venturi 1’18.651 1.342
22 Neel Jani Porsche Team 1’18.755 1.446
23 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 1’19.078 1.769
24 Ma Qing Hua NIO Formula E Team 1’21.013 3.704

 

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