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Marrakesh E-Prix: Evans tops practice for Jaguar

Marrakesh E-Prix: Evans tops practice for Jaguar
By Motorsport.com

12/01/2019 at 11:15Updated 12/01/2019 at 11:19

Jaguar’s Mitch Evans was quickest across the two practice sessions ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E race in Marrakesh, beating Andre Lotterer to the top of the timesheets in FP2.

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Evans set the fastest time - a 1m17.262s - on his final lap of the session, using the full 250kW of power available to post the best lap in the dying stages of FP2.

The Kiwi had led the majority of the session having set an early benchmark with the 225kW available from attack mode, but was briefly dispatched from the top by Robin Frijns’ first full-power lap.

A cold and dusty track at the beginning of the day ensured that the second session was quicker, as temperatures began to rise in Morocco across the morning.

Frijns topped the earlier running, clocking in a 1m17.808s to beat former teammate Antonio Felix da Costa in the first session by a hundredth of a second.

The Dutchman then beat his time from FP1 in the final 10 minutes of the second session, before Andre Lotterer shaded him by over a tenth to lead the timing board at that stage.

Lotterer’s time then looked under threat from Nissan’s Oliver Rowland, but the British driver was baulked by Felipe Massa in the final sector and he was unable to capitalise on a strong opening to the lap.

Evans then returned to the top, punching in the best middle sector on a particularly lively lap to eclipse Lotterer by a quarter of a second.

The German held off from Sebastien Buemi, who was 0.05s behind to claim the third fastest time overall - ahead of da Costa and Frijns.

Rowland’s best lap was good enough for sixth despite Massa’s interference, as Jose Maria Lopez beat Oliver Turvey to seventh place.

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne was ninth-fastest in the second session, but was 10th overall as Sam Bird’s quickest lap in FP1 - in which he placed third - was fractions faster.

Bird came to a stop on track during his full-power lap, relegating him to 18th on the FP2 timesheets.

This was also a fate which befell Massa, whose inauspicious session was interrupted by an immediate stop on beginning his first 250kW run - which also affected Venturi teammate Edoardo Mortara in FP1.

Season three champion Lucas di Grassi placed 21st in FP2 having completed just five laps, as his Audi car was hamstrung by issues with the water pump - which will be replaced before qualifying.

FP1 results

1 4 Robin Frijns Virgin Racing 23 1'17.808
2 28 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Autosport 25 1'17.902 0.094
3 2 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 23 1'17.918 0.110
4 22 Oliver Rowland DAMS 25 1'18.212 0.404
5 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 20 1'18.285 0.477
6 20 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 22 1'18.310 0.502
7 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Racing 22 1'18.431 0.623
8 27 Alexander Sims Andretti Autosport 23 1'18.504 0.696
9 23 Sébastien Buemi DAMS 26 1'18.506 0.698
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 26 1'18.633 0.825
11 5 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Racelab 24 1'18.667 0.859
12 17 Gary Paffett HWA Racelab 26 1'18.830 1.022
13 48 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 25 1'18.946 1.138
14 7 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Racing 20 1'19.022 1.214
15 66 Daniel Abt Team Abt 25 1'19.199 1.391
16 19 Felipe Massa Venturi 25 1'19.497 1.689
17 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 23 1'19.553 1.745
18 8 Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 18 1'19.604 1.796
19 36 Andre Lotterer Techeetah 22 1'19.857 2.049
20 11 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 22 1'20.119 2.311
21 6 Maximilian Gunther Dragon Racing 22 1'20.201 2.393
22 94 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 20 1'20.682 2.874

FP2 results

1 20 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 14 1'17.262
2 36 Andre Lotterer Techeetah 17 1'17.511 0.249
3 23 Sébastien Buemi DAMS 18 1'17.567 0.305
4 28 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Autosport 10 1'17.652 0.390
5 4 Robin Frijns Virgin Racing 13 1'17.663 0.401
6 22 Oliver Rowland DAMS 16 1'17.783 0.521
7 7 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Racing 15 1'17.818 0.556
8 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 15 1'17.894 0.632
9 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 16 1'17.951 0.689
10 27 Alexander Sims Andretti Autosport 14 1'17.966 0.704
11 66 Daniel Abt Team Abt 13 1'17.974 0.712
12 48 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 21 1'18.226 0.964
13 5 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Racelab 16 1'18.332 1.070
14 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Racing 14 1'18.357 1.095
15 17 Gary Paffett HWA Racelab 16 1'18.411 1.149
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 15 1'18.504 1.242
17 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 16 1'18.535 1.273
18 2 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 8 1'18.780 1.518
19 8 Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 11 1'19.385 2.123
20 19 Felipe Massa Venturi 15 1'19.425 2.163
21 11 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 5 1'20.257 2.995
22 6 Maximilian Gunther Dragon Racing 13 1'20.441 3.179
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