DONINGTON PARK – Lucas di Grassi closed out the second FIA Formula E pre-season test at Donington Park as the fastest driver after producing an impressive lap towards the end of Tuesday’s running.
Di Grassi became the first driver to dip into the 1:29s mark in a Formula E car during pre-season with an impressive full-power lap during the afternoon session.
Having topped the morning session with a time of 1:30.312, the Brazilian driver managed to find another four-tenths of a second to end the day in P1 with a best lap of 1:29.920, marking a new lap record for a Formula E car at Donington Park.
Sebastien Buemi finished as the best of the rest for Renault e.dams, finishing four-tenths of a second behind di Grassi. The Frenchman was joined towards the top of the standings by teammate Nicolas Prost, who ended up fourth fastest.
Mahindra Racing’s impressive reliability was underpinned by an impressive one lap pace that took Bruno Senna to third place overall. Teammate Nick Heidfeld finished fifth after a late full-power effort ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne.
Jerome d’Ambrosio ended up seventh fastest, but produced quick times in the first two sectors that suggested he had some time in reserve compared to his final position. Nathanael Berthon’s first run in a Formula E car was an impressive one as he finished eighth overall for Team Aguri.
Stephane Sarrazin finished ninth for Venturi GP, and was followed by teammate Jacques Villeneuve in tenth place.
Amlin Andretti finally managed to complete a full lap using its season two car on Tuesday, getting Simona de Silvestro out early in the morning. Although an issue with the car did sideline the Swiss driver later in the day, a total of eight laps overall marked a big improvement for the American team.
There was still no sign of the Trulli team once again at Donington Park, though, leaving the Italian team still without a single lap of running for the new car in pre-season.
The third and final Formula E pre-season test takes place at Donington next Monday, lasting two days once again.