Sam Bird tops the first day of Formula E Testing
Sam Bird, driving for the Envision Virgin team, was fastest on the opening test day for the 2019/20 season 6 of Formula E.
Bird set a time of 1.15.570, over a second faster than Antonio Félix Da Costa’s fastest time from testing last year at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.
It was Da Costa’s replacement at the BMW i-Andretti squad, Max Günther, who ranked second. Günther impressed in the limited running he had last season and followed that up by going into the lunch break this morning on top of the timesheets.
Da Costa placed third in his first outing for DS Techeetah, followed in fourth by Jaguar driver, Mitch Evans. Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne classifies fifth.
16 drivers posted times within a second of each other and the top ten were separated by only half a second.
Jaguar rookie, James Calado, had a difficult day after crashing and breaking his front axle on his install lap at the start of the day. He was able to get back running later in the morning. In the afternoon session, his Jaguar stopped as he was exiting the pit-lane, but he was able to get running again before the end of the day.
Today marked the first time that the new works Mercedes and Porsche outfits participated officially in Formula E. Although Mercedes did tread the water during season 5 with the HWA team, which scored a podium and a pole position.
Seasoned FE star, Andre Lotterer, who raced with Porsche in the WEC, was the highest placed of the new teams, whilst his teammate, another WEC veteran, Neel Jani, stopped out on track in the morning session. New F2 champion, Nyck De Vries also stopped his new Mercedes on track and didn’t set a laptime until minutes to go.
Testing continues this week in Valencia with the first round being in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 22nd November.
|1||Sam Bird, Envision Virgin Racing||1.15.570|
|2||Max Guenther, BMW i-Andretti Motorsport||1.15.663|
|3||Antonio Felix Da Costa, DS Techeetah||1.15.681|
|4||Mitch Evans, Pansonic Jaguar Racing||1.15.724|
|5||Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Techeetah||1.15.798|
|6||Sebastian Buemi, Nissan E-Dams||1.15.882|
|7||Oliver Rowland, Nissan E-Dams||1.15.942|
|8||Pascal Wehrlein, Mahindra Racing||1.15.975|
|9||Robin Frijns, Envision Virgin Racing||1.16.081|
|10||Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1.16.084|
|11||Alexander Sims, BMW i-Andretti Motorsport||1.16.097|
|12||Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1.16.140|
|13||Nico Mueller, Geox Dragon||1.16.387|
|14||Andre Lotterer, Tag Heuer Porsche||1.16.482|
|15||Eduardo Mortara, Venturi Racing||1.16.531|
|16||Jerome D’Ambrosio, Mahindra Racing||1.16.552|
|17||Felipe Massa, Venturi Racing||1.16.580|
|18||Brendon Hartley, Geox Dragon||1.16.698|
|19||Oliver Turvey, NIO 333 FE Team||1.16.867|
|20||James Calado, Panasonic Jaguar Racing||1.17.016|
|21||Neel Jani, Tag Heuer Porsche||1.17.343|
|22||Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes-Benz EQ FE Team||1.17.389|
|23||Nyck De Vries, Mercedes-Benz EQ FE Team||1.17.654|
|24||Ma Qing Hua, NIO 333 FE Team||1.20.220|
Header picture: Sam Bird’s Twitter – Article picture: 1. e-formel.de – 2. Mercedes Twitter