Formula E: Sam Bird tops Practice 2 in India

As track conditions dramatically improved over the session, Jaguar TCS Racing’s Sam Bird finished Free Practice 2 fastest with a 1m13.631s. Six-tenths of a second separate the top 15 drivers as we get ready for India’s first-ever Formula E qualifying session.

Bird, who currently sits fourth in the Drivers’ standings, skillfully navigated his Jaguar around the 2.835km street circuit but cut a corner on his fastest lap. Track limits have proved to be quite the challenge around the Hyderabad track, with several drivers getting caught out so far this weekend across the chicane. His ultimate time was enough to see him top as his hot streak continues.

The sister Jaguar of Mitch Evans was the first driver of the weekend to break into the 1m14s, as 10 minutes into the session, he set a 1m14.926s. However, it didn’t take long for Cassidy to duck into the 1m13s, with much more lap time available to drivers as track conditions improved.

Both Porsche and Avalanche Andretti cars were grounded after the incident yesterday. Still, they were back on track this morning to lock in important running during the final practice session before qualifying. The two teams that use Porsche powertrains weren’t as competitive, with Wehrlein only managing to finish FP2 in seventh and championship rival Andretti’s Jake Dennis in 13th.

The Julius Baer Pole Position holder last time out in Diriyah, Sebastien Buemi, only left the garage with ten minutes to go. Meanwhile, his teammate, Cassidy, seemed comfortable and finished the session in third. DS PENSKE’s Jean-Eric Vergne was sandwiched in between fastest man Bird and Cassidy, going second fastest in the session – 0.113s between him and the Jaguar driver.

Just a second split the top 18, with 2.5 seconds that margin in FP1. Teams are dialing in ahead of qualifying at 10:40 local time.

Practice 2 Results

Pos No. Driver Team Time Behind
1 10 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing 1m13.631s 0.000
2 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Dragon Racing 1m13.744s 0.113
3 37 Nick Cassidy Virgin Racing 1m13.811s 0.180
4 48 Edoardo Mortara Maserati Racing 1m14.006s 0.375
5 23 Sacha Fenestraz Nissan e.Dams 1m14.028s 0.397
6 58 René Rast McLaren 1m14.029s 0.398
7 94 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche Team 1m14.036s 0.405
8 11 Lucas di Grassi Mahindra Racing 1m14.118s 0.487
9 16 Sébastien Buemi Virgin Racing 1m14.118s 0.487
10 33 Dan Ticktum NIO Formula E Team 1m14.145s 0.514
11 7 Maximilian Gunther Maserati Racing 1m14.160s 0.529
12 5 Jake Hughes McLaren 1m14.179s 0.548
13 27 Jake Dennis Andretti Autosport 1m14.261s 0.630
14 1 Stoffel Vandoorne Dragon Racing 1m14.271s 0.640
15 3 Sergio Sette Camara NIO Formula E Team 1m14.294s 0.663
16 17 Norman Nato Nissan e.Dams 1m14.436s 0.805
17 51 Nico Müller Team Abt 1m14.461s 0.830
18 9 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 1m14.599s 0.968
19 13 Antonio Felix da Costa Porsche Team 1m15.002s 1.371
20 36 Andre Lotterer Andretti Autosport 1m15.059s 1.428
21 8 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing 1m15.072s 1.441
22 4 Kelvin van der Linde Team Abt 1m15.832s 2.201