DONINGTON PARK – ABT Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt kicked off the second pre-season test for the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E season at Donington Park in style by topping the timesheets on Monday.
Abt posted a fastest lap time of 1:30.250 to finish seven-tenths of a second clear of the field as a number of teams ran a full qualifying simulation with full power output.
In the final 15 minutes of the day, Abt produced a stunning final effort to smash the existing benchmark set by e.dams driver Nicolas Prost earlier in the day, leaving the Frenchman to settle for second place ahead of DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird.
Jacques Villeneuve enjoyed a productive day behind the wheel of the Venturi GP car, completing 33 laps en route to fifth place overall behind Dragon Racing’s Loic Duval. Teammate Stephane Sarrazin followed the Canadian home in the final standings in P6.
Mahindra once again had a trouble-free day of testing as Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld finished seventh and eighth respectively, whilst Nicolas Lapierre’s first run in a Formula E car saw him end up ninth with more laps than any other driver on Monday.
Sebastien Buemi’s spell as Formula E lap record holder at Donington did not last into the second test as he finished down in tenth place. His day came to an early end thanks to a problem on his car that caused him to stop out on track.
NEXTEV TCR had a better day of testing, completing 42 laps in total after managing just three last week. Oliver Turvey finished 11th overall ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr.
It proved to be another trying day for Amlin Andretti and the newly-re-signed Simona de Silvestro as the team once again failed to complete a full lap due to software issues. The team tried to send de Silvestro out twice in the day, but eventually pulled the garage doors closed with one hour to go. It is still yet to complete a whole lap using the new car.
Trulli also did not get out at all for the third consecutive day of testing, but interestingly unlike the previous test days at Donington last week though, there was no team presence at the track this time around.