Bird tops times on first day of testing

Sam Bird posted the fastest time for Envision Virgin Racing during the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

Bird set his fastest time of 1:15.570 during the afternoon session beating the BMW i Andretti of Maximilian Guenther, who had ended the morning session at the top of the times, by 0.093 of a second.

DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa finished both sessions just behind Guenther. Mitch Evans finished the day 0.154 seconds off the lead for Panasonic Jaguar Racing  while the reigning champion, Jean-Eric Vergne, ended with his DS Techeetah two tenths behind Bird.

In the morning session Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi both posted the the same time of 1:16.297 but during the afternoon Buemi’s Nissan e.dams put in a faster time to finish the day sixth overall while the Audi’s quickest time of the day was outside of the top 10.

Oliver Rowland’s 1:15.942 slotted I’m in behind his Nissan teammate and just ahead of Pascal Wehrlein’s 1:15.975 in the Mahindra.

Rounding out the top 10 for day one were the Envision Virgin machine of Robin Frijns and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt with very similar times of 1:16.081 and 1:16.084.

There were a total of four red flags during the day, three in the morning and the final one an hour into the afternoon session. The first came when James Calado’s Jaguar got a bit friendly with the wall at the chicane within the first half hour. 

The second red flag was for Mercedes-Benz EQ driver, Nyck de Vries, when he stopped out on track,  with the final of the morning coming not top long before lunch when the TAG Heuer Porsche of Neel Jani crashed at turn one.

The last flag was once again brought out by James Calado an hour into the afternoon session when his Jaguar stopped on the straight beside the pit lane exit.

Formula E Testing (combined times) – 

  1. Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing 1:15.570
  2. Maximilian Guenther BMW i Andretti 1:15.663
  3. Antonio Felix Da Costa DS Techeetah 1:55.681
  4. Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing 1:15.724
  5. Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah 1:15.798
  6. Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 1:15.882
  7. Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 1:15.942
  8. Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 1:15.975
  9. Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 1:16.081
  10. Daniel Abt Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 1:16.084
  11. Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti 1:16.097
  12. Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 1:16.140
  13. Nico Mueller Geox Dragon 1:16.387
  14. Andre Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche 1:16.482
  15. Edoardo Mortara Venturi Racing 1:16.531
  16. Jerome D’Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 1:16.552
  17. Felipe Massa Venturi Racing 1:16.580
  18. Brendon Hartley Geox Dragon 1:16.698
  19. Oliver Turvey NIO 333 1:16.867
  20. James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing 1:17.016
  21. Neel Jani TAG Heuer Porsche 1:17.343
  22. Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ 1:17.389
  23. Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ 1:17.694
  24. Ma Qing Hua NIO 333 1:20.220

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