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Lucas di Grassi Sweeps Formula E Practice in Mexico City

By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer

Defending Mexico City E-Prix winner Lucas di Grassi swept the practice sessions for the ABB Formula E Championship’s Season Four return.

Di Grassi’s 1:01.203 lap in the middle stages stood as the quickest time in the 30-minute final practice for Saturday’s E-Prix. The Season Three champion is looking to score his first points of the season after four scoreless races. He’ll have to endure a 10-place grid penalty for the race.

Felix Rosenqvist followed in second for Mahindra Racing with a time a 1:01.442. Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans (1:01.506) followed in third, with Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld (1:01.531) and DS Virgin Racing’s Alex Lynn (1:01.581) completing the top five.

Antonio Felix da Costa (1:05.595), Daniel Abt (1:01.602), Sebastien Buemi (1:01.643), Jose Maria Lopez (1:01.667) and Sam Bird (1:01.797) made up the back half of the top 10.

Practice saw a fair share of attrition despite it’s short length. Jerome d’Ambrosio was the first to endure an issue, stalling briefly on-track just above the racing groove. Lopez was forced to a car change shortly thereafter when he drove one of his two Dragon Racing cars into the outside wall.

The session was nearly cut short in the end, when Lynn stuffed his No. 36 machine into the outside barrier after having to make evasive maneuvers to avoid a slow car. The track didn’t return to green-flag conditions until the final 1:40 of the session.

The shunt could prove critical for Lynn, who is already enduring a 10-place grid penalty along with Virgin teammate Bird for Saturday’s E-Prix. His team will be forced to repair the car in the short time before the race.

Next up for the Formula E field is qualifying at 1 p.m. ET.

Mexico City E-Prix Free Practice 2 Results

Position Car No. Driver Team Time
1 1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:01.203
2 19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 1:01.442
3 20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing 1:01.506
4 23 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1:01.531
5 36 Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing 1:01.581
6 28 Antonio Felix da Costa AS&AD Andretti Formula E 1:01.595
7 66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:01.602
8 9 Sebastien Buemi Renault e.dams 1:01.643
9 6 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Racing 1:01.667
10 2 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1:01.791
11 7 Jerome d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:01.793
12 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 1:01.821
13 18 Andre Lotterer Techeetah 1:01.918
14 8 Nicolas Prost Renault e.dams 1:01.975
15 27 Tom Blomqvist AS&AD Andretti Formula E 1:02.138
16 68 Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team 1:02.153
17 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing 1:02.335
18 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 1:02.389
19 4 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Formula E Team 1:02.449
20 5 Maro Engel Venturi Formula E Team 1:02.519

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Aaron Bearden is a Contributing Writer for Motorsports Tribune, handling coverage of both the Verizon IndyCar Series and ABB FIA Formula E Championship. A native Hoosier, Bearden has attended races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since he was three years old. He can be found on social media at @AaronBearden93.