Formula E: Bird is the word in delayed Miami ePrix free practice

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MIAMI – Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird topped the timesheets in a truncated 35-minute free practice session ahead of the Miami ePrix, Round 5 of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship.

The on-track activity was delayed nearly three full hours from the scheduled first start time of 8:15 a.m. due to track construction.

Rather than two free practice sessions as was planned, a single one ran from 10:55 to 11:30 a.m., with only a 40-minute break until qualifying at 12:10.

Bird’s best lap was 1:06.588 around the 2.17 km, 8-turn street circuit. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) were also in the 1:06 bracket and completed the top three.

Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) had an off-course excursion, but was the only driver to encounter issues in the session.

Qualifying follows at 12:10 until 12:57, and will be run in four groups drawn by a random lottery. Groups are linked here via the FIA Formula E website.

The race is still scheduled to start of 4:05 p.m. ET and local time, with the grid opening at 3:30.

Free practice results are linked here.