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di Grassi clean sweeps practice as Lynn crashes – FP2 Report

Mexico City E-Prix – Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi took a clean sweep of practice by going fastest in FP2 with a time of 1:01.203.

The Brazilian was also fastest in the first free practice session, but goes into qualifying with a 10-place grid penalty for an inverter change.

The session was interrupted by a red flag towards the end of the session as Alex Lynn crashed his DS Virgin at Turn 2. The Brit was on a full power lap when he came across Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist who was slow on the racing line.

Lynn had to go onto the dirty part of the track to pass him, but lost the rear of his car and hit the wall. He already has a 10-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, as does his team mate Sam Bird. They finished fifth and 10th respecitvely in the session.

Rosenqvist was second by 0.239s with Mitch Evans continuing to show strong pace for Jaguar in third, a further tenth behind.

Nick Heidfeld was fourth after suriving a moment in the stadium section where he lost the back end of his Mahindra and hit the orange bollards dicating the track limits at Turns 7 and 8.

Antonio Felix da Costa was one of the few drivers who improved his time when the session restarted with only two minutes remaining. He put his Andretti sixth, ahead of Daniel Abt and Sebatien Buemi.

Jose Maria Lopez had a failed attempt at a 200kW lap in FP1 after being blocked by traffic, a second attempt in FP2 resulted in him losing the back end of his Dragon at Turn 12 and tapping his left-rear wheel against the barrier. He ended the session ninth fastest ahead of Bird.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne was just 18th in the session, with his Techeetah team mate not fareing much better in 13th place.

Edoardo Mortara was second for Venturi in FP1, but he and his Venturi team mate Maro Engel were at the bottom of the timesheets.

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Chris Stevens

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