Formula E

Bird top in final New York practice

Sam Bird was fastest in the final practice session ahead of the second Formula E New York ePrix.

The race one winner negotiated traffic on his fastest lap of the day, but was still able to set a time 0.179s faster than Jean-Eric Vergne in second.

Tom Dillmann and Nelson Piquet Jnr both briefly occupied the third spot in the timings in a flurry of fast laps towards the end of the session, but it was Venturi’s Maro Engel that ended practice third.

Oliver Turvey took fourth, ahead of Piquet and Dillmann.

Virgin’s Alex Lynn was the first man to set a 200kW lap, moving straight to qualifying pace after only a warm up lap. Only a handful of laps later, the rookie struck a wall on exit of a hairpin, breaking the suspension. Unable to steer, the car hit the barrier and the red flag was brought out to clear the incident.

Late in the session, Lynn was able to use his second car, which had only just been prepared, and jumped from 19th to seventh on his final lap of the session.

1-_R3I9554Lucas Di Grassi also left it late to jump up through the order. With four minutes on the clock, the championship contender was last, but he jumped up to eighth before the end of the session.

Jerome D’Ambrosio and Nick Heidfeld completed the top 10.

In the closing stages of the session, the track was red flagged again, this time to clear Robin Frijns’ Amlin Andretti. He lost the rear of his car on the fastest corner of the track, crashing into the wall at turn 10. He stopped on track with severe damage to the back of the car and debris across the track. He also pulled a muscle in his calf when trying to correct his mistake.

The session was not restarted, causing problems for those on late laps. Nico Prost was one to be caught out by the red flag, finishing the session last. Felix Rosenqvist was also out of place, 16th when the red flag fell.

Image credit: FIA Formula E Media

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