Opening practice for the Buenos Aires ePrix threw up a few surprises and nervous moments for team engineers after a three-month break for the fraternity.

 

First practice was a happy hunting ground for DS Virgin Racing’s home hero Jose Maria Lopez, who despite being amongst a small few to complete a 200kW lap, enjoyed half a second advantage over his nearest rival in Jean-Eric Vergne.

 

Opening practice was interrupted by two red flags courtesy of Antonio Felix da Costa, the first putting his first car in jeopardy after clouting the wall, while his return in the second car was cut short with power issues. Mitch Evans however gave Jaguar some cause for optimism by getting within one-tenth of Jean-Eric Vergne’s Tacheetah in third position just ahead of Sebastien Buemi for e.Dams Renault.

 

Lucas di Grassi bounced back early in the second session for Audi ABT Schaeffler to lead the pack, but a mere seven-tenths of a second would cover the top ten runners.

Second Practice was a few minutes young before an errant wheel-nut parted way with Loic Duval’s Faraday Future Dragon Racing entry, cutting short the session with just eleven minutes left to run – incurring some choice words from team boss Jay Penske.

 

Oliver Turvey was lucky to escape with just damage to a steering arm on his NEXTEV NIO after clouting the barriers and ricocheting across a bollard; the pressure starting to show on drivers seeking an edge heading into qualifying as Felix Rosenqvist headed the field.

 

 

 

Practice was extended by five minutes by virtue of the copious red flag stoppages in each session. Championship rivals Buemi and di Grassi were on the pace straight away, with the Brazilian biting off more than he could chew and clouting the wall hard just a few corners into his lap, damaging the front and rear of the car.

 

Sam Bird would go quickest but with his lap recorded during the yellow flag period, just ahead of Rosenqvist..

 

Qualifying starts in just over 90 mins.

 

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