Marrakesh E-Prix: Evans quickest in FP2 from di Grassi

Matt Kew
motorsport.com

Evans heads into the Morocco race at the top of the standings after his victory in Mexico City.

He backed that up with the fastest time in second practice, posting a 1m17.306s benchmark to eclipse the times from Friday’s opening session.

Evans set the fastest first and second sectors of the field and was only 0.003s shy in the final run in what the driver said was “actually quite a bad lap” over team radio.

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Porsche’s Andre Lotterer had been the early leader. He initially set the benchmark with a 1m18.794s effort.

But as cars activated attack mode and set full power laps, the Mexico polesitter was bumped down to an eventual 13th.

Di Grassi and Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns were the late climbers, rising to second and third in the times – although di Grassi was still 0.236s off Evans.

Pascal Wehrlein ended up fourth fastest for Mahindra to edge ahead of Alexander Sims and the Mercedes of Nyck de Vries.

Santiago victor Maximilian Gunther suffered a big twitch in his BMW and ended the running in seventh over Edoardo Mortara.

Evans’s teammate James Calado was ninth as Oliver Rowland beat Nissan stablemate Sebastien Buemi to round out the top 10.

Opening practice pacesetter Antonio Felix da Costa was only 15th in a session where the DS Techeetahs struggled.  

Jean-Eric Vergne returned for the team after his Friday absence, which was caused by headaches.

He had been replaced in the car by the team’s test driver James Rossiter, who previously competed in SUPER GT for Nissan.

Rossiter was penned to contest the rookie test the day after the race, but having been granted a last-minute e-licence he is no longer eligible.

Since Vergne did not post a clean full-power lap, he was only 23rd fastest and 1.769s off the pace.

He was only quicker than the NIO 333 of Ma Qinghua, who was a further 1.935s behind reigning champion Vergne.

FP2 Results:

1

New Zealand
New Zealand

Mitch Evans

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'17.309

 

2

Brazil
Brazil

Lucas di Grassi

Germany
Germany

Team Abt

1'17.545

0.236

3

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'17.580

0.271

4

Germany
Germany

Pascal Wehrlein

India
India

Mahindra Racing

1'17.629

0.320

5

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alexander Sims

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'17.683

0.374

6

Netherlands
Netherlands

Nyck de Vries

Germany
Germany

Mercedes

1'17.790

0.481

7

Germany
Germany

Maximilian Gunther

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'17.841

0.532

8

Switzerland
Switzerland

Edoardo Mortara

Monaco
Monaco

Venturi

1'17.868

0.559

9

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

James Calado

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'17.869

0.560

10

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Rowland

France
France

DAMS

1'17.876

0.567

11

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi

France
France

DAMS

1'17.903

0.594

12

Belgium
Belgium

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

India
India

Mahindra Racing

1'17.910

0.601

13

Germany
Germany

Andre Lotterer

Germany
Germany

Porsche Team

1'18.024

0.715

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Bird

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'18.125

0.816

15

Portugal
Portugal

Antonio Felix da Costa

China
China

Techeetah

1'18.214

0.905

16

New Zealand
New Zealand

Brendon Hartley

United States
United States

Dragon Racing

1'18.221

0.912

17

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

United States
United States

Dragon Racing

1'18.369

1.060

18

Germany
Germany

Daniel Abt

Germany
Germany

Team Abt

1'18.394

1.085

19

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Turvey

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'18.427

1.118

20

Belgium
Belgium

Stoffel Vandoorne

Germany
Germany

Mercedes

1'18.577

1.268

21

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Massa

Monaco
Monaco

Venturi

1'18.651

1.342

22

Switzerland
Switzerland

Neel Jani

Germany
Germany

Porsche Team

1'18.755

1.446

23

France
France

Jean-Eric Vergne

China
China

Techeetah

1'19.078

1.769

24

China
China

Ma Qing Hua

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'21.013

3.704

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