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Di Grassi leads Vergne as Piquet crashes again – FP2 Report

Paris E-Prix – Reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi topped FP2 ahead of championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne, while inaugural champion Nelson Piquet Jr. crashed again.

Vergne led the standings in the early stages of the session on a 1:01.560, before he was usurped at the top by his title rival Felix Rosenqvist who set a lap record of 1:01.126.

Piquet had just gone second quickest when he hit the barriers for the second time today. The Brazilian locked up into the long right-hander of Turn 5 and ran straight into the barriers, damaging his front-left suspension.

He also collided with the wall in FP1 at Turn 2 which has required a tub change before the race.

Following the red flag period, ending with only a handful of minutes remaining in the session, there was a flurry of quick laps coming in which Audi’s di Grassi finished on top of, with a 1:00.881, beating Vergne by 0.191 seconds.

Mitch Evans continued to show strong form in the Jaguar in third, 0.210 seconds off di Grassi’s pace, but he has a 10-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

After crashing in FP1 Rosenqvist was fourth fastest at the end of the session, ahead of Daniel Abt and Oliver Turvey.

FP1 pacesetter Sam Bird was seventh fastest, 0.473 seconds off the lead. Piquet’s time was good enough for eighth, ahead of Sebastien Buemi, who was blocked by Nick Heidfeld on his first attempt, and Andre Lotterer.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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