BMW Tops Day 2 Of Method E Testing

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Antonio Felix da Costa topped the occasions on the second day of 2018/19 Method E testing, which was break up between common take a look at working and a full race-length simulation session.

Da Costa claimed the honours for BMW for a second day in a row by setting the tempo within the three-hour morning session with a 1m16.977s – the primary lap under the 1m17s barrier to this point in testing.

Season 4 champion Jean-Eric Vergne ended the morning in second place, zero.421s slower than da Costa on a 1m17.398s, with Jerome D’Ambrosio finishing the highest three for Mahindra Racing.

Lucas di Grassi was fourth for Audi, forward of Venturi pair Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara.

Pascal Wehrlein was seventh for Mahindra, with Jose Maria Lopez, Andre Lotterer and Daniel Abt rounding out the highest 10 for Dragon Racing, DS Techeetah and Audi.

Alexander Sims, who topped the primary day of testing, was 11th.

Stoffel Vandoorne accomplished 33 laps within the morning session after lacking all of Tuesday afternoon’s working resulting from a battery drawback, and he ended up 13th quickest for HWA.

Sebastien Buemi was the one Nissan driver to participate within the working after Alexander Albon, just lately linked with a 2019 Toro Rosso Method 1 seat, once more didn’t drive on Wednesday.

Buemi completed 21st and final within the morning, however did prime the 30-minute session that happened earlier than the race simulation on a 1m17.773s, with solely 9 drivers finishing timed laps.

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The race simulation, which was timetabled on the request of the groups to check FE’s new occasion format guidelines, took up many of the afternoon working and was closely disrupted.

The automobiles shaped up on the finish of the pitlane – prepared to finish the total 45-minutes-plus-one-lap that can make up FE races in season 5 – to start the simulation.

Sims led the pack out, however the ‘race’ was stopped after only one lap resulting from Abt hitting the chicane three-quarters of the best way down the principle straight on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo and Vandoorne stopping on observe.

After a prolonged delay – Vandoorne’s automotive was declared ‘pink’, that means it was not protected to the touch – the simulation resumed and was notionally received by di Grassi forward of Sims.

Solely three automobiles took the chequered flag – with most pitting both the lap earlier than the beginning of the 31st lap began by di Grassi or on the tour earlier than, whereas Vandoorne didn’t reappear to take the restart.

A 30-minuted session closed out the day and was topped by Vergne, who improved his finest effort to a 1m17.342s – nonetheless second quickest within the general order.

Eight different drivers additionally went quicker on this session – together with Lotterer, Buemi and Sims – whereas Maximilian Gunther set the 22nd and slowest time of the day after taking on from Antonio Fuoco – 20th general – who drove within the morning session for Dragon.

Vandoorne, Gary Paffett and Mortara didn’t seem for the ultimate session.

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