Formula E: Wehrlein puts Porsche on top in 2nd practice

The early session, held at 7:30 local time, brought with it a very cold track and air temperatures at just six degrees Celsius; highly unusual conditions for a Formula E race weekend, which threw up a new challenge for these GEN3 cars and the new Hankook tires – with times around two tenths of-a-second slower than those seen in Free Practice 1 as a result.

NIO 333’s Sergio Sette Camara kept it consistent with another third-quickest lap time in a practice session this weekend, after managing the same yesterday. The signs are promising for the NIO 333 team, with the Anglo-Chinese outfit confident they’ve found something in software others have yet to nail so far, in limiting the front tires locking into turns. Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans and DS PENSKE’s Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the top five.

Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis had looked like he’d be the fastest on-track when the checkered flag was flown, setting a 1m13.137s at the last, but this was unceremoniously deleted by the eagle-eyed race stewards for track limits. An early-season Jake Dennis struggle.

Jake Dennis was fastest but exceeded track limits

The top 18 were split by just a second, with only 0.865s dividing Wehrlein at the top of the timesheets and NEOM McLaren’s Rene Rast in 17th.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind
1 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche Team 1m13.496s 0.000s
2 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Penske 1m13.500s 0.004s
3 Sergio Sette Camara NIO 333 Racing 1m13.506s 0.010s
4 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 1m13.548s 0.052s
5 Stoffel Vandoorne DS Penske 1m13.611s 0.115s
6 Jake Hughes NEOM McLaren Formula E Team 1m13.615s 0.119s
7 Jake Dennis Andretti Autosport 1m13.632s 0.136s
8 Sébastien Buemi Virgin Racing 1m13.684s 0.188s
9 Antonio Felix da Costa Porsche Team 1m13.710s 0.214s
10 Lucas di Grassi Mahindra Racing 1m13.717s 0.221s
11 Dan Ticktum NIO 333 Racing 1m13.780s 0.284s
12 Norman Nato Nissan Formula E Team 1m13.795s 0.299s
13 Nick Cassidy Virgin Racing 1m13.932s 0.436s
14 Sacha Fenestraz Nissan Formula E Team 1m14.004s 0.508s
15 Andre Lotterer Andretti Autosport 1m14.166s 0.670s
16 Maximilian Gunther Maserati MSG Racing 1m14.268s 0.772s
17 René Rast NEOM McLaren Formula E Team 1m14.361s 0.865s
18 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing 1m14.538s 1.042s
19 Edoardo Mortara Maserati MSG Racing 1m14.641s 1.145s
20 Nico Müller ABT CUPRA Formula E Team 1m15.378s 1.882s
21 Robin Frijns ABT CUPRA Formula E Team 1m15.526s 2.030s
22 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing 1m19.855s 6.359s