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Bird tops red flagged FP2

Buenos Aires ePrix – Sam Bird topped an incident-filled FP2 in Puerto Madero with a 1:08.8xx, just a tenth of a second away from the lap record.

The DS Virgin driver set his time under yellow flag conditions in the closing stages of the session. Despite going fastest, the Briton swore he backed off in the slow zone.

The yellow flags were out for Lucas di Grassi, who finished third in the session, crashed heavily at Turn 4, knocking both ends of his ABT Schaeffler Sport car. There were yellow flags at the following corner where the Brazilian parked for the remainder of the session.

Loic Duval brought out the second red flag of the day when his front left wheel came off. The Frenchman was exiting the pit lane when the wheel nut flew off almost immediately after he entered the track.

Luckily he just managed to keep his Dragon Racing car out of the wall and stopped on track. Once the car and the wheel were recovered, the session was extended by five minutes to leave eight minutes remaining when green flag conditions were resumed.

Felix Rosenqvist led the timesheets before the red flag, after di Grassi held top spot following the first round of 200kW laps in the early stages of the session.

Both drivers’ pace was of note as championship leader Sebastien Buemi was fourth come the chequered flag.

Robin Frijns hinted that Andretti could be a Super Pole contender with fifth in the session, just ahead of the two NextEV of Nelson Piquet Jr and Oliver Turvey. The Season One champion had a near miss with the inside barrier at the Turn 8/9 chicane, just brushing his wheel against but losing some bodywork over the bollard at the second apex.

Jean-Eric Vergne was unable to show his full potential in the interrupted session, and was only at the bottom end of the top ten.

Maro Engel put in an impressive lap to go tenth, with Venturi showing signs of improving their pace. The German had a minor drama when he stopped on track at Turn 1 immediately after the red flag period, but he was able to get his car going again.

Several drivers were unable to put in a 200kW lap during the session, such as Nick Heidfeld in thirteenth and home favourite Jose Maria Lopez who was fastest in FP1.

After crashing in first practice, Antonio Felix da Costa had a much quieter session in twelfth.

Adam Carroll was slowest in the session, with a spin at Turn 5 in the early stages.

Click here to see the results from FP2.

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Chris is one of the graduates of a new blogging era of journalism. Moving from that to fully blown websites, covering Formula One and Formula E, has seen him become an FIA accredited journalist. He also podcasts with various websites and recently was accepted onto the Autosport junior programme.

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