Berlin Formula E: D'Ambrosio leads combined Berlin practice times

Matt Kew
·3-min read
D'Ambrosio leads combined Berlin practice times
D'Ambrosio leads combined Berlin practice times

Mahindra Racing driver Jerome D'Ambrosio topped the combined Formula E free practice times with a late flying lap on the Tempelhof Airport circuit to depose Maximilian Guenther.

A 1m06.723s effort on full 250kW power, set after the chequered flag for the second 30-minute session, boosted D'Ambrosio above Guenther by 0.109s.

Ahead of the second brace of races, the Berlin track was washed to clear some of the rubber laid down from the two E-Prix won by Antonio Felix da Costa on Wednesday and Thursday.

Michelin also issued revised tyres pressures, down by 0.1-bar, which resulted in the cars lapping with identical times to the reversed circuit layout used previously.

A strong time for defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne, who only scored a single point earlier this week, boosted him to third place ahead of Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi - the polesitter for the Berlin E-Prix last season.

Nyck de Vries rounded out the top five for Mercedes ahead of points leader da Costa - who is already in mathematical contention of winning the title with three races to spare.

Da Costa topped the free practice one running on a 1m06.831 ahead of D'Ambrosio, and the DS Techeetah pilot led for much of the opening minutes in the second session after his 200kW first effort.

D'Ambrosio leads combined Berlin practice times
D'Ambrosio leads combined Berlin practice times

But on his full power run, he locked up under braking in the second sector to lose 0.2s, having beaten Vergne's sector one benchmark.

Sergio Sette Camara was seventh for the Dragon Racing squad, beating Audi's Lucas di Grassi and Guenther's team-mate Alexander Sims.

Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top 10 for Mercedes, ahead of fellow rookie team Porsche - with Andre Lotterer in 11th ahead of Venturi's Edoardo Mortara.

Despite beating da Costa's early time courtesy of an attack mode boost, Mitch Evans would fall to 13th as Jaguar continues to struggle for pace.

The only stoppage across the two sessions came courtesy of double DTM champion Rene Rast.

In first practice, his Audi car stopped exiting Turn 4 after only 10 laps and could not be restarted, which led to a brief red flag period.

In the later and hotter practice run, he ended the times in 22nd ahead of both NIO 333 drivers Oliver Turvey and Daniel Abt.

Berlin Formula E FP2 - Results

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

1

Jerome d'Ambrosio

Mahindra

1m06.723s

2

Maximilian Guenther

BMW

1m06.832s

3

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS Techeetah

1m06.866s

4

Sebastien Buemi

e.dams

1m06.879s

5

Nyck de Vries

Mercedes

1m06.900s

6

Antonio Felix da Costa

DS Techeetah

1m06.943s

7

Sergio Sette Camara

Dragon

1m06.949s

8

Lucas di Grassi

Audi

1m06.987s

9

Alexander Sims

BMW

1m07.019s

10

Stoffel Vandoorne

Mercedes

1m07.034s

11

Andre Lotterer

Porsche

1m07.069s

12

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

1m07.098s

13

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

1m07.119s

14

Sam Bird

Virgin

1m07.128s

15

Nico Muller

Dragon

1m07.134s

16

James Calado

Jaguar

1m07.195s

17

Felipe Massa

Venturi

1m07.210s

18

Alex Lynn

Mahindra

1m07.219s

19

Robin Frijns

Virgin

1m07.313s

20

Oliver Rowland

e.dams

1m07.324s

21

Neel Jani

Porsche

1m07.388s

22

Rene Rast

Audi

1m07.403s

23

Oliver Turvey

NIO

1m07.590s

24

Daniel Abt

NIO

1m08.001s

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