Buemi lays down Marrakesh marker in FP2

Spacesuit-Media-Shivraj-Gohil-FIA-Formula-E-Marrakesh-ePrix-November-2016-Sebastien Buemi Renault e.dams

Sebastien Buemi responded to the pace shown by perennial Formula E rival Lucas di Grassi in FP1 by leading the way in second practice in Marrakesh on Saturday morning.

Season two champion Buemi was one of a number of drivers who focused on qualifying simulations in FP2, utilising all 200kW of power on offer to drivers for their flying laps.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Felix Rosenqvist both enjoyed spells at the top of the timesheets, the latter putting in a particularly impressive display for Mahindra.

However, it was ‘normal service’ by season two standards as Buemi shot up to P1 late on, recording a fastest lap of 1:20.599 to finish two-tenths clear of Rosenqvist at the head of the field. Vergne slotted into third for Techeetah, while Oliver Turvey once again showed off NextEV’s mighty one-lap pace to go fourth.

Loic Duval got his 200kW lap completed early on, but still finished fifth overall ahead of Daniel Abt and Nelson Piquet Jr. Antonio Felix da Costa wound up eighth-fastest ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Nick Heidfeld.

The session was brought to an early end under a red flag following a hefty shunt for Sam Bird with three minutes remaining. The DS Virgin Racing driver lost the backend of his car, sliding into the wall and causing the rear bodywork to disintegrate on impact. While Bird will be able to use his second car for qualifying, the team faces a big repair job to complete in time for the race later today.

Qualifying begins at 12pm local time in Marrakesh.

Luke Smith

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