By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer
A determined Lucas di Grassi stood atop the charts with a new fastest lap in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s opening practice of the weekend at Mexico City.
Di Grassi, who is still searching for his first points of the year after four disappointing races, led the way with a time of 1:01.158, the fastest lap the all-electric single-seater series has managed at Audromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Rookie Edoardo Mortara followed in second with a 1:01.520 for Venturi Formula E Team. Jean-Eric Vergne (1:01.630), Mitch Evans (1:01.827) and Alex Lynn (1:01.849) rounded out the top five, with Jose Maria Lopez (1:01.871), Felix Rosenqvist (1:01.894), Daniel Abt (1:01.989), Sam Bird (1:01.990) and Sebastien Buemi (1:02.113) completing the top 10.
The session was completed without damage to any cars, though it wasn’t for lack of trying.
Multiple drivers were sent into the runoff areas around the course after blowing through corners, with Luca Filippi looping his NIO Formula E Team machine around late in the session. The former Verizon IndyCar Series was able to continue on without issue, though he ultimately ended the session last with a time of 1:02.844.
Tom Blomqvist also experienced problems during the session, coming to a stop on-track before limping his No. 27 machine to the pits.
The Formula E paddock will return for a second practice for the Mexico City E-Prix at 11:25 a.m. ET.
Mexico City E-Prix Free Practice 1 Results
|1||1||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:01.158|
|2||4||Edoardo Mortara||Venturi Formula E Team||1:01.520|
|4||20||Mitch Evans||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||1:01.827|
|5||36||Alex Lynn||DS Virgin Racing||1:01.849|
|6||6||Jose Maria Lopez||Dragon Racing||1:01.871|
|7||19||Felix Rosenqvist||Mahindra Racing||1:01.894|
|8||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:01.898|
|9||2||Sam Bird||DS Virgin Racing||1:01.990|
|10||9||Sebastien Buemi||Renault e.dams||1:02.113|
|11||28||Antonio Felix da Costa||AS&AD Andretti Formula E||1:02.231|
|12||8||Nicolas Prost||Renault e.dams||1:02.244|
|14||7||Jerome d’Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||1:02.365|
|15||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||1:02.379|
|16||23||Nick Heidfeld||Mahindra Racing||1:02.382|
|17||16||Oliver Turvey||NIO Formula E Team||1:02.436|
|18||5||Maro Engel||Venturi Formula E Team||1:02.635|
|19||27||Tom Blomqvist||AS&AD Andretti Formula E||1:02.814|
|20||68||Luca Filippi||NIO Formula E Team||1:02.844|