Felix Rosenqvist continued his late-season surge with Mahindra by charging to the top of the timesheets in Formula E’s second practice session for the New York City ePrix despite damaging his car in the process.
Rosenqvist scored his first win at the last round in Berlin and has become an outsider in the title race, and is aiming to cut the gap to Sebastien Buemi in the points lead this weekend given the Frenchman’s absence.
Rosenqvist sent out a warning shot to his rivals by heading up the timesheets in FP2 as drivers completed qualifying simulations, turning in a best lap of 1:02.423.
However, the session was not without incident for the Swedish rookie as he clipped the wall with his right-rear tire moments before crossing the line on his fastest lap. The damage is not severe, though, and will be repaired in time for the race after Rosenqvist qualifies in his second car.
Rosenqvist headed up a one-two finish for Mahindra as Nick Heidfeld took second place, while Nicolas Prost slotted into third for Renault e.dams.
Sam Bird wound up fourth for DS Virgin Racing ahead of title contender Lucas di Grassi, who suffered a BMS issue late in the session that forced him to stop on-track.
Daniel Abt took sixth place for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ahead of Loic Duval and Mitch Evans, with Robin Frijns and Alex Lynn rounding out the top 10.