Hong Kong ePrix – Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi topped the practice session for the second Hong Kong race ahead of DS Virgin’s Alex Lynn.
The 2015/16 champion did a 1:02.002 in the closing stages of the session to go 0.349s quicker than Formula E rookie Lynn.
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi was third fastest, having spent the first part of the session in the garage refining the car.
Saturday’s polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne was fourth fastest, ahead of the race winner Sam Bird.
Felix Rosenqvist was sixth for Mahindra, half a second off Buemi’s pace, ahead of Daniel Abt, Edoardo Mortara, Nick Heidfeld and Oliver Turvey, who completed the top ten.
Maro Engel stopped on track at Turn 1 early in the session, but was able to restart his Venturi without the need for a session stoppage. He was 15th fastest at the chequered flag.
After a disagreement in qualifying for Saturday’s race, Nico Prost and Dragon’s Jerome D’Ambrosio came to blows once again on-track.
The Renault driver was slow on track, with Oliver Turvey almost losing the back end of his NIO trying to pass before Turn 9, but he was unsighted by D’Ambrosio at the apex of the corner, and the Belgian hit the back of the Renault car, damaging its right-rear fender.
Buemi had his own traffic issues as he gesticulated towards Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa at the Turns 3/4 chicane.
Formula E rookies Andre Lotter and Neel Jani were the two slowest drivers in the session, both more than two seconds off the ultimate pace.