Buemi quickest again on day two of first Formula E test at Donington Park

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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.

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).