Sebastien Buemi topped the timesheets in opening practice for the Hong Kong ePrix, but stiff competition for the Jaguar entry of Mitch Evans.
The Renault eDams and Jaguar drivers pipped Audi’s Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, who would lock out the second row ahead of Sam Bird in the DS Virgin Racing entry.
Initial concerns from drivers about having to run FP1 in the darkness were brushed aside as sunrise rapidly bathed the Central Harbourfront in glorious sunlight. There were bigger issues for rookie’s Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer, with both drivers making contact with rumble strips and barriers – Jani the worse off by breaking his suspension and having to switch to his second Dragon entry.
Felix Rosenqvist would also come to grief with the barriers and was unable to continue, while Nicolas Prost recovered from an early technical issue to finish sixth.
After switching from WEC duties, Formula E Rookie’s Andre Lotterer, Kamui Kobayashi and Neel Jani had an early baptism in their new chosen Formula, finishing seventeenth, nineteenth and twentieth respectively.
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