Sam Bird and Oliver Rowland top FP1 and FP2 respectively to kick off today’s Santiago E-Prix.
The day started with a very dusty Parque O’Higgins Circuit but that didn’t stop the entire grid trying to get as much running as possible in the short amount of time they get to practice.
Last years Santiago race winner, Sam Bird finished the first session on top for the Envision Virgin Racing team. DS Techeetah’s new recruit, Antonio Felix Da Costa followed him up in second and Edoardo Mortara, Rokit Venturi Racing, ended the session third.
18 drivers ended up finishing FP1 within a second of each other meaning everyone is still in the hunt.
Oliver Rowland topped a more eventful FP2 session which ended early after a crash for NIO 333 Racing Driver Ma Qing Hua brought out the red flag.
The crash tore apart the suspension and raised questions, as is always the case in FE, as to whether Ma will be able to continue into qualifying and the race later on today.
Rowland was followed by Felipe Massa putting a Venturi driver in the top 3 for both sessions and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans finished the session third.
A red flag was brought out earlier in the session when a cooling fan ended up on the track after being left on Brendon Hartley’s GEOX Dragon car before coming off under braking on his outlap.
He is currently under investigation for an unsafe pit release.
Audi team principal, Allan McNish said on the world feed that his “heart sank when red flag came out.”
Many drivers missed out on their final full power runs at the full 250kw the Gen 2 cars are capable of meaning they will go into qualifying without all the information they want.
McNish went on to say: “You can’t hold back in this game. If you hold back you will be at the back”
Qualifying will start in just under an hour at 12:00 in Santiago. (15:00 GMT)