Lopez quickest in final Berlin practice

Jose Maria Lopez topped the times in the final practice in Berlin.

Lopez has been towards the top of the times all weekend, but this is the first time the DS Virgin driver has ended the session fastest. He set a lap time of 1m07.670s, the fastest time of the weekend so far, but was just eight hundredths of a second faster than Felix Rosenqvist in second.

Sebastien Buemi once again left it late to complete a flying lap. The Renault e.dams driver spent the majority of the session at the bottom of the timings, more than two seconds slower than Adam Carroll ahead of him.

The championship leader had good company at the bottom, with Lucas Di Grassi and Nick Heidfeld also leaving it late to set a strong lap.

With five minutes to go, Di Grassi jumped up to seventh in the order, but was knocked down to ninth before the chequered flag.

Heidfeld couldn’t find the same improvement. He nearly collided with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans, who was just ahead of him on track, as the pair negotiated the hair pin in the final stages of the session. Heidfeld couldn’t find the space to match his team mate’s pace, and ended the session 13th.

Buemi jumped up to third in the last minute of the 30 minute session, knocking Virgin’s Sam Bird to fourth.

Daniel Abt took fifth, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne.

Vergne struggled to keep his Techeetah in shape on multiple occasions in the session, but was able to correct mistakes to stay out of the wall.

Nico Prost, after setting the pace early in the practice, could only manage seventh, ahead of Oliver Turvey Di Grassi, and Maro Engel.

Feature image credit: FIA Formula E Media

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