London E-Prix 1 – Nick Cassidy was the fastest on a dry/drying track ahead of qualifying as Robin Frijns’ crash ended the session a little early.
The McLarens of Jake Hughes and Rene Rast led the way out of the pits for the second practice of the weekend. The ExCeL circuit is unique in that it has indoor and outdoor sections and given there was some rain in London earlier this morning, it makes things interesting with a partially wet track.
Hughes started the timesheets off with a 1:26.735 and after the first five minutes had elapsed it was the Jaguars on top with Mitch Evans the first into the 1:17s after setting a 1:17.992 to go half a second quicker than his teammate Sam Bird in P2.
Times continued to fall with Nick Cassidy taking eight tenths out of Evans’ time before Bird kicked off a spate of 1:16 times. With the first third of the practice under their belts Cassidy was once again holding court at the top of the times as with a 1:14.995, with the two Jaguars a few tenths behind.
As the cars continued to dry off the outside racing line, the times continued to come down, Jake Dennis brought it into the 1:13s just after the halfway point and it was Evans who led the charge into the 1:12s and then the 1:11s, getting them ever closer to the 1:10.765 that Norman Nato topped yesterday’s session with.
There were a few brief trips into the runoff areas, both in the slippery outside portion and at the first corner inside, but everyone kept all bodywork attached where it should be. The session ended with a Red Flag in the final minute as Robin Frijns crashed at T15 and ending in the barriers at the Attack Mode activation zone.
There wasn’t a chance to get into the 1:10s in the end and so Cassidy’s 1:11.264 was the best time of the day, three tenths ahead of NIO 333’s Dan Ticktum and the other Envision of Sebastien Buemi. Cassidy’s other championship rivals, Pascal Wehrlein, Dennis and Evans were P4 – P6.
Sergio Sette Camara slotted into P7 with a 1:11.837 while Andre Lotterer was P8 in the second Andretti car. Stoffel Vandoorne was the highest placed Penske while Lucas di Grassi in P10 was the first driver outside the 1:11s, with a 1:12.005.