Mitch Evans put Jaguar on top of Free Practice Two in Hong Kong as teams continued to get to grips with speed and reliability on the serpentine track.
Panasonic Jaguar Team Principal James Barclay was encouraged by the team’s times so early into the year. After finishing last in the standings last season.
“Early signs are good, but we’re putting in our experience from last year.” said Barclay. “The team has a great mix of youth and experience”.
“The car’s been pretty good since FP1” said Evans. “There’s been a bit of confusion with the yellow flags and there’s only so much we can take from practice.”
The extended yellow flag periods made dilling in a strategy even more difficult for engineers and drivers hoping to download precious data.
Daniel Abt again got the better of team mate Lucas di Grassi in practice, slotting his Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler into second ahead of the Brazilian in third. Oliver Turvey and Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top five, which was covered by half a second.
The track was already extremely dirty offline and waiting to catch out unwary drivers. Sebastien Buemi was no exception – tagging the wall slightly after locking his rears, but was able to survive the moment.
Edoardo Mortara wasn’t as lucky, with his Venturi stopping on track with five minutes remaining in the session.
Felix Rosenqvist was again in the wars with damage to his Mahindra’s front right. It seemed that the suspension issues from season 2 were still giving the teams trouble early on in the piece.
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