The early part of Free Practice Two for the Paris ePrix saw teams concentrating on race runs. With the Paris street circuit’s bumps playing havoc with braking and balance it would have a significant effect on regen and energy conservation.
Grip – or lack thereof – was the broken record in practice, with even the most satisfied pilots seeming unconfident of the package underneath them. It would be a case of who would find the best compromise before qualifying.
Mike Conway received the prize for biggest ‘change of underwear’ moment, looping his Faraday Future Dragon racer at turn 14 but able to emerge unscathed. Felix Rosenqvist jumped out of the blocks early to top the timesheets for Mahindra Racing with Sam Bird and Nelson Piquet once again rearing their heads at the (literal) Paris end of the grid.
Bird and Nicolas Prost were keen to make hay early – so much so that both drivers almost touched on the exit to pit lane, prompting an investigation into an unsafe release.
On his first full powered lap Rosenqvist once again headed the timesheets but felt more was on offer through turn 5. Antonio Felix Da Costa wasn’t far off for Amlin Andretti in second.
Jose Maria Lopez would again top the order ahead of Rosenqvist and Daniel Abt a mere tenth and a half behind the DS Virgin driver. It was Lucas di Grassi though who would shine through, seizing the top spot from Lopez and turning the tables on chief championship rival Sebastien Buemi in third.
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