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Reigning FE champion Da Costa tops second morning of pre-season test

Defending Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa kicked off the second day of pre-season testing in Valencia by topping the morning session over Maximilian Guenther.

For the opening three-hour stint, which precedes a practice race on Sunday afternoon, teams frequently ran their cars in formation to create a slipstream.

This tactic was used extensively by teams’ title-winner DS Techeetah in qualifying during the six-race Berlin final last year and again on the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Da Costa used this and set an impressive lap using the fanboost mode to lead the order with his 1min11.948sec benchmark, achieved in the final minutes of the session.

He was the only driver to break under the 1m12 barrier, setting a new championship lap record at the track – although for 2020 the main straight chicane has been removed.

A tenth of a second further back, Guenther climbed to second place for BMW Andretti in the dying moments at the expense of the Nissan e.dams of Oliver Rowland.

Rowland, who will start the 2020-21 campaign with the same powertrain as last season, ran with the 35kW boost of attack mode to keep the second DS Techeetah at bay.

Double champion Jean-Eric Vergne ended the session fourth fastest, running 0.236s shy of his team-mate da Costa.

The session was only halted once, as a red flag was deployed with 45 minutes to go – thought to be required for an issue with the outside kerbs on the entry into the Turn 6 left-hander.

On the approach to the corner a few laps prior, new BMW Andretti driver Jake Dennis ran wide over the gravel but managed to correct the slide and rejoin the circuit.

The customer Envision Virgin Racing machine of Robin Frijns was the fastest Audi-propelled car in fifth, with the manufacturer’s factory driver Lucas di Grassi ranking sixth.

The second Nissan e.dams of Sebastien Buemi headed Mahindra’s Alex Lynn, Dennis and Mercedes racer Stoffel Vandoorne to complete the top 10.

In a quiet session, the Venturi Racing duo of Edoardo Mortara and Norman Nato were both cautioned for track limits offences, while Vergne received a black-and-white flag for crossing the pit exit lane.

Test times day 2 – morning

PosDriverTeamCarGapLaps
1Antonio Felix da CostaDS TecheetahDS1m11.948s47
2Maximilian GuentherBMWBMW0.101s44
3Oliver RowlandNissan e.DamsNissan0.213s34
4Jean-Eric VergneDS TecheetahDS0.236s53
5Robin FrijnsVirginAudi0.390s47
6Lucas di GrassiAudiAudi0.390s43
7Sebastien BuemiNissan e.DamsNissan0.402s34
8Alex LynnMahindraMahindra0.406s54
9Jake DennisBMWBMW0.410s49
10Stoffel VandoorneMercedesMercedes0.428s47
11Rene RastAudiAudi0.473s49
12Andre LottererPorschePorsche0.474s48
13Alexander SimsMahindraMahindra0.484s53
14Nyck de VriesMercedesMercedes0.533s44
15Sam BirdJaguarJaguar0.550s35
16Nick CassidyVirginAudi0.567s45
17Tom BlomqvistNIONIO0.573s47
18Oliver TurveyNIONIO0.616s46
19Nico MullerDragonPenske0.618s39
20Pascal WehrleinPorschePorsche0.686s49
21Sergio Sette CamaraDragonPenske0.692s36
22Mitch EvansJaguarJaguar0.725s42
23Norman NatoVenturiMercedes0.931s55
24Edoardo MortaraVenturiMercedes1.052s54

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