BMW Rookie Sims Leads Day 1 Of Method E Testing

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BMW driver Alexander Sims topped the instances on the primary day of Method E 2018/19 pre-season testing at Valencia.

Sims, who will make his FE debut within the upcoming marketing campaign, additionally topped the morning session on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo with a time of 1m17.567s.

However in the direction of the tip of the afternoon operating, Sims moved again to the highest of the general timesheets with a 1m17.553s, as the vast majority of the drivers improved their greatest instances within the second half of the day.

Andre Lotterer ended the day with the second-fastest time – a 1m17.654s, which put him zero.101s adrift of Sims.

Antonio Felix da Costa completed the day within the third place after ending the morning session because the second-fastest driver behind his BMW teammate by zero.167s.

Audi pair Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt each spent the morning session finishing shorter runs and ended the day fourth and fifth total.

Jerome D’Ambrosio, solely introduced as a Mahindra Racing driver on Tuesday morning, was sixth for his new squad, one spot forward of reigning FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne, who was certainly one of solely three drivers that drove in each classes to not go faster within the afternoon.

Sebastien Buemi completed the day with the eighth quickest time, zero.547s slower than Sims.

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The Nissan e.DAMS driver additionally accomplished 16 laps in Alexander Albon’s automotive in the course of the afternoon operating.

Jose Maria Lopez was ninth for Dragon Racing, with FE newcomer Felipe Massa rounding out the highest 10 for Venturi.

Lengthy-time season 4 title contender Sam Fowl was the highest-placed Virgin Racing driver in 11th, together with his new teammate Robin Frijns ending up in 14th place.

Ex-Method 1 racer Pascal Wehrlein was 13th.

Mitch Evans, like his Jaguar teammate Nelson Piquet Jr, additionally set his quickest time of the day within the morning session – and so they ended up 16th and 20th quickest total, with the latter finishing a mammoth 27-lap stint simply earlier than the lunchbreak.

Evans additionally misplaced a major chunk of his morning operating because of a battery change.

Newly-crowned DTM champion and HWA driver Gary Paffett precipitated the primary of two crimson flags of the day when he slid into the tight chicane that has been constructed three-quarters of the way in which down the beginning/end straight to simulate the tighter confines of standard FE circuits.

The crash occurred with simply over an hour of the morning session remaining, with Paffett rejoining within the afternoon after his automotive had been repaired to set the day’s 18th quickest time.

Paffett’s HWA teammate Stoffel Vandoorne was 19th quickest, three.47s slower than Sims, however didn’t full a lap within the afternoon session.

Maximilian Gunther was the slowest driver to set a timed lap, with Albon and Antonio Fuoco, who’s sharing the #6 Dragon Racing automotive with Gunther this week, not setting a time all day.

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The temporary second crimson flag interval occurred mid-way by the afternoon operating to safe a unfastened a part of the chicane tyre wall.


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