Mike Conway put his street circuit experience from IndyCar racing to good use by shooting to the front of the field in the second free practice session in Paris on Saturday.
The Brit posted the quickest time of 1:01.386 to finish 0.010 seconds clear of Jean-Eric Vergne at the top of the standings, while also racking up 23 laps in a highly productive session.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Venturi though after Stephane Sarrazin lost the back end of his car under braking early on, clipping the wall with his front wing and sustaining damage in the process.
Sarrazin was not alone in going exceeding grip limits in FP2 though. Sam Bird was also left with damage to the left-rear of his DS Virgin Racing machine after going wide at the final corner, but was still able to finish third behind his team mate.
Lucas di Grassi led ABT’s charge in fourth ahead of Sarrazin, while Bruno Senna continued his good start to the weekend by slotting into sixth place. Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns once again excelled with their season one tech, finishing seventh and ninth respectively, with Nico Prost between them in P8 and Daniel Abt rounding out the top 10.
Sebastien Buemi could not replicate his FP1 pace, finishing in P13, while debutant Ma Qinghua focused on mileage as he continued to get to grips with a Formula E car.
It once again proved to be a closely contested session, with just one second separating the top 14 drivers, setting the stage for a tight qualifying battle this afternoon.