Sam Bird (GBR), Envision Virgin Racing, Audi e-tron FE06 © FIA Formula E

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 (GBR), Nissan e.Dams © FIA Formula E
Oliver Rowland (GBR), Nissan e.Dams © FIA Formula E

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.

Ma Qinghua (CHN), NIO 333, NIO FE-005 © FIA Formula E
Ma Qinghua (CHN), NIO 333, NIO FE-005 © FIA Formula E

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)

Brendon Hartley (NZL), GEOX Dragon, Penske EV-4 © FIA Formula E
Brendon Hartley (NZL), GEOX Dragon, Penske EV-4 © FIA Formula E

Practice 1 Results

1 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing 1.04.914
2 Antonio Felix Da Costa DS Techeetah +0.150
3 Edoardo Mortara Rokit Venturi Racing +0.182
4 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +0.289
5 Nico Muller GEOX Dragon +0.338
6 Jerome D’Ambrosio Mahindra Racing +0.400
7 Alexander Sims BMW i-Andretti Motorsport +0.474
8 Sebastian Buemi Nissan e.dams +0.483
9 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing +0.515
10 Andre Lotterer Tag Heuer Porsche FE Team +0.538
11 James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing +0.558
12 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ +0.592
13 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +0.599
14 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams +0.655
15 Daniel Abt Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +0.718
16 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah +0.745
17 Max Gunther BMW i-Andretti Motorsport +0.792
18 Nyck De Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ +0.869
19 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Racing +1.162
20 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing +1.207
21 Felipe Massa Rokit Venturi Racing +1.279
22 Brendon Hartley GEOX Dragon +1.594
23 Neel Jani Tag Heuer Porsche FE Team +1.694
24 Ma Qing Hua NIO 333 Racing +2.123

Practice 2 Results

1 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 1.04.799
2 Felipe Massa Rokit Venturi Racing +0.131
3 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +0.247
4 Max Gunther BMW i-Andretti Motorsport +0.321
5 Andre Lotterer Tag Heuer Porsche FE Team +0.458
6 Antonio Felix Da Costa DS Techeetah +0.481
7 Edoardo Mortara Rokit Venturi Racing +0.528
8 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Racing +0.599
9 Daniel Abt Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +0.670
10 Brendon Hartley GEOX Dragon +0.741
11 Nyck De Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ +0.787
12 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing +0.799
13 James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing +0.835
14 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ +1.100
15 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah +1.459
16 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +1.484
17 Alexander Sims BMW i-Andretti Motorsport +1.550
18 Jerome D’Ambrosio Mahindra Racing +1.569
19 Nico Muller GEOX Dragon +1.861
20 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing +2.058
21 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams +2.105
22 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing +2.208
23 Neel Jani Tag Heuer Porsche FE Team +2.257
24 Ma Qing Hua NIO 333 Racing +3.565

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