Santiago E-Prix: Rowland tops crash-shortened practice

Matt Kew
motorsport.com

The final 30-minute session ended prematurely following a crash for Ma Qinghua, which left Rowland at the top of the times with a 1m04.799s effort.

Reigning Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries posted the early benchmark with a 1m05.586s ahead of his Mercedes teammate Stoffel Vandoorne and points leader Alexander Sims.

After five minutes, Porsche’s Andre Lotterer found a 0.3s advantage to move clear as his teammate Neel Jani was lucky to escape without damage after clattering the tyre wall on the exit of Turn 9.

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Mitch Evans posted a then-session best of 1m05.046s, but was lucky to do so as the first of two red flags was waved just after he crossed the timing line.

With 16 minutes of the session to go, ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley paused the session when a cooling fan had been left on his Dragon Racing car.

The assembly dropped off the car as he rounded Turn 1, causing the stoppage while it was retrieved, and for which he is under investigation for an unsafe release.

Contact between Antonio Felix da Costa and Rowland at Turn 1 will also be assessed, after the DS Techeetah driver appeared to turn in on the Nissan.

But Rowland responded by posting his 1m04.799s run with the maximum 250kW of power to head the session ahead of Felipe Massa by 0.131s.

Ma Qing Hua, NIO 333, NIO FE-005, hits the wall

Ma Qing Hua, NIO 333, NIO FE-005, hits the wall <span class="copyright">Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images</span>
Ma Qing Hua, NIO 333, NIO FE-005, hits the wall Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images

Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images

Before anyone could retaliate, NIO 333 driver Ma shunted heavily at Turn 5 to cause a second stoppage from which practice two would not resume.

He lost the rear of the car under braking and as he tried to recover ran wide and ploughed into the wall.

That meant Evans’ 235kW lap was still suffice for third ahead of BMW Andretti driver Max Gunther and Lotterer, with da Costa in sixth.

Hartley’s difficult run continued as he was then flagged to the stewards for undertaking under the second red flag, having ran 10th quickest.

De Vries slipped to 11th ahead of Pascal Wehrlein and new Jaguar recruit James Calado, as the top 13 all lapped within a second.

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne was just 15th, with Lucas di Grassi beating Sims to 17th.

Sam Bird could only manage 22nd ahead of Jani and Ma, despite the Envision Virgin Racing driver having topped the cooler first practice session courtesy of a 1m04.914 ahead of da Costa and Edoardo Mortara. 

First practice results:

1

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Bird

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'04.914

 

2

Portugal
Portugal

Antonio Felix da Costa

China
China

Techeetah

1'05.064

0.150

3

Switzerland
Switzerland

Edoardo Mortara

Monaco
Monaco

Venturi

1'05.096

0.182

4

Brazil
Brazil

Lucas di Grassi

Germany
Germany

Team Abt

1'05.203

0.289

5

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

United States
United States

Dragon Racing

1'05.252

0.338

6

Belgium
Belgium

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

India
India

Mahindra Racing

1'05.314

0.400

7

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alexander Sims

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'05.388

0.474

8

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi

France
France

DAMS

1'05.397

0.483

9

Germany
Germany

Pascal Wehrlein

India
India

Mahindra Racing

1'05.429

0.515

10

Germany
Germany

Andre Lotterer

Germany
Germany

Porsche Team

1'05.452

0.538

11

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

James Calado

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'05.472

0.558

12

Belgium
Belgium

Stoffel Vandoorne

Germany
Germany

Mercedes

1'05.506

0.592

13

New Zealand
New Zealand

Mitch Evans

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'05.513

0.599

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Rowland

France
France

DAMS

1'05.569

0.655

15

Germany
Germany

Daniel Abt

Germany
Germany

Team Abt

1'05.632

0.718

16

France
France

Jean-Eric Vergne

China
China

Techeetah

1'05.659

0.745

17

Germany
Germany

Maximilian Gunther

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'05.706

0.792

18

Netherlands
Netherlands

Nyck de Vries

Germany
Germany

Mercedes

1'05.783

0.869

19

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Turvey

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'06.076

1.162

20

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'06.121

1.207

21

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Massa

Monaco
Monaco

Venturi

1'06.193

1.279

22

New Zealand
New Zealand

Brendon Hartley

United States
United States

Dragon Racing

1'06.508

1.594

23

Switzerland
Switzerland

Neel Jani

Germany
Germany

Porsche Team

1'06.608

1.694

24

China
China

Ma Qing Hua

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'07.037

2.123

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Second practice results:

1

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Rowland

France
France

DAMS

1'04.799

 

2

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Massa

Monaco
Monaco

Venturi

1'04.930

0.131

3

New Zealand
New Zealand

Mitch Evans

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'05.046

0.247

4

Germany
Germany

Maximilian Gunther

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'05.120

0.321

5

Germany
Germany

Andre Lotterer

Germany
Germany

Porsche Team

1'05.257

0.458

6

Portugal
Portugal

Antonio Felix da Costa

China
China

Techeetah

1'05.280

0.481

7

Switzerland
Switzerland

Edoardo Mortara

Monaco
Monaco

Venturi

1'05.327

0.528

8

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Turvey

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'05.398

0.599

9

Germany
Germany

Daniel Abt

Germany
Germany

Team Abt

1'05.469

0.670

10

New Zealand
New Zealand

Brendon Hartley

United States
United States

Dragon Racing

1'05.540

0.741

11

Netherlands
Netherlands

Nyck de Vries

Germany
Germany

Mercedes

1'05.586

0.787

12

Germany
Germany

Pascal Wehrlein

India
India

Mahindra Racing

1'05.598

0.799

13

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

James Calado

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'05.634

0.835

14

Belgium
Belgium

Stoffel Vandoorne

Germany
Germany

Mercedes

1'05.899

1.100

15

France
France

Jean-Eric Vergne

China
China

Techeetah

1'06.258

1.459

16

Brazil
Brazil

Lucas di Grassi

Germany
Germany

Team Abt

1'06.283

1.484

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alexander Sims

United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'06.349

1.550

18

Belgium
Belgium

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

India
India

Mahindra Racing

1'06.368

1.569

19

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

United States
United States

Dragon Racing

1'06.660

1.861

20

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'06.857

2.058

21

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi

France
France

DAMS

1'06.904

2.105

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Bird

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'07.007

2.208

23

Switzerland
Switzerland

Neel Jani

Germany
Germany

Porsche Team

1'07.056

2.257

24

China
China

Ma Qing Hua

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'08.364

3.565

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