Di Grassi dominant as second Formula E test comes to a close at Donington Park


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.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.