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Buemi quickest again in second Mexico City ePrix practice

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Sebastien Buemi set the pace once again in the second free practice session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ahead of Saturday’s Mexico City ePrix.

Formula E championship leader Buemi left his 200kW lap until late in the 30-minute session, but made full use of it by producing a lap of 1:03.341 to finish four-tenths of a second clear at the head of the field.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird had both led early on for DS Virgin Racing, but the session was interrupted after 13 minutes when home favorite Salvador Duran suffered a possible software issue on his Aguri car, leaving him stranded on the track.

Once the Mexican had been recovered under a red flag, the session resumed with most of the drivers heading out to complete their 200kW laps, using all of the power permitted in practice.

ABT Schaeffler teammates Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi rose to first and second place respectively with their qualifying simulations, while ex-IndyCar driver Mike Conway slotted into third place for Venturi.

However, their times were not enough to keep Buemi at bay as he re-claimed P1 with three minutes remaining, doubling up after topping first practice earlier in the morning.

Renault e.dams teammate Nicolas Prost ended the session fourth behind di Grassi, while Conway held on to P5 ahead of NEXTEV TCR’s Oliver Turvey.

Jerome d’Ambrosio finished up in seventh place ahead of Stephane Sarrazin, while Vergne and defending champion Nelson Piquet Jr. completed the top ten.

Qualifying for the Mexico City ePrix takes place in less than one hour’s time ahead of the race at 5pm ET.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.