DONINGTON PARK – Sebastien Buemi carried over his good Monday form into Tuesday by finishing fastest once again on the second day of the first FIA Formula E pre-season test.
Renault e.dams driver Buemi posted a fastest lap time of 1:31.050 with just 22 minutes remaining in the six-hour long day of running at Donington Park, beating DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird by four-tenths of a second at the top of the timesheets.
Tuesday saw the teams conduct more representative running with their cars after dialling them in on Monday, as just 1.3 seconds separated the top ten drivers at the end of the day.
Top spot changed hands a number of times, but it was Buemi who ultimately finished fastest once again for e.dams following a late quick lap.
ABT Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt had threatened to knock the Swiss driver off his perch, posting the fastest time in the first two sectors before tailing off in the final part of his lap. The German driver eventually finished the day in third place, 0.487 seconds down on Buemi.
Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna continued Mahindra’s strong start to life with the season two car, finishing fourth and sixth on Tuesday. The duo were split by e.dams’ Nicolas Prost.
Venturi endured something of a mixed day yet again at Donington Park. Stephane Sarrazin’s running was relatively trouble-free en route to P8 overall, but the same could not be said of teammate Jacques Villeneuve. The Canadian driver was limited to just 15 laps due to a number of problems, one of which left him to push his car back to the garage from pit entry. He eventually finished 12th overall.
Amlin Andretti had another day to forget at Donington. After failing to get the car out on track at all on Monday, the team was keen to get started early on Tuesday by sending Simona de Silvestro out early on. However, she stopped on her out lap, prompting a red flag.
In total, the American team tried to get de Silvestro out five times, only for her car to stop on its out lap on every single occasion due to software issues.
However, it was not alone in its plight as NEXTEV TCR failed to get out on track at all. Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr. were on site in the morning, but the team opted to call an early end to its first test due to a problem with its powertrains, which have since returned to Germany.
Trulli also failed to get out on track once again for its first run with the season two car. A team spokesperson confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that it would be aiming to run for the first time at next week’s test at Donington.