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Di Grassi tops first practice from Mortara in Mexico – FP1 Report

Mexico City E-Prix – Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi was fastest in FP1 in Mexico, ahead of Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara.

Di Grassi set a time of 1:01.158, well over a second quicker than the pole time from last year, with Mortara 0.362s behind. They were the only two drivers to set a 200kW lap during the session.

The Brazilian goes into this round once again with a 10-place grid penalty for an inverter change, with Audi unable to implement a reliability fix for his car until the next round in Punta del Este.

Santiago race-winner and championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne was third for Techeetah, ahead of Jaguar’s Mitch Evans.

Alex Lynn was fifth for DS Virgin. Both he and team mate Sam Bird, who was ninth fastest, have a 10-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, having used the joker changes in Marrakesh and Santiago.

Jose Maria Lopez ended the session sixth after having his 200kW lap scuppered when he came across Luca Filippi’s NIO at Turn 3.

Felix Rosenqvist was seventh for Mahindra, ahead of Daniel Abt with Season Two champion Sebastien Buemi tenth for Renault.

The session saw several drivers running off the circuit in the difficult braking zones, especially at the Turns 3/4/5 chicane. Oliver Turvey, Andre Lotterer, Nico Prost, Bird and Vergne all came across the run-off area during the session.

Filippi spun his car in the stadium section, losing the back end of his car at Turn 7.

Click here to see the session results.

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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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