Sebastien Buemi completed a perfect practice by topping the second session at Monaco, despite trailing DS Virgin and Techeeta throughout most of the session.

 

As in Free Practice 1, Nelson Piquet jumped out of the blocks early with Jean-Eric Vergne closely in tow in the Renault-powered Techeetah. Vergne’s team mate, Esteban Gutierrez was getting to grips quickly with , rounding up the top 4 early behind Sam Bird.

 

Jerome D’Ambrosio was left unimpressed after he was chopped by an impatient Maro Engel who was eager to get stuck into his 200kW lap. It was certainly a high tension session, with even the top order feeling the pinch – Nico Prost clouting the wall in the final corner and bending both ends of his Renault e.Dams.

 

With 7 minutes remaining, Jose Maria Lopez shot to the top of the timesheets, putting aside any rumours that his back injury (sustained from his World Endurance Championship shunt at Silverstone) was slowing him down in the slightest.

 

Lopez would eventually be usurped by team mate Sam Bird and Vergne during the dying minutes of practice, but Buemi – once again – was up in the first and third sectors, just enough to steal the top spot with old protagonist Lucas di Grassi not far in third and set up an intriguing qualifying session in just under an hour.

 

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