headed the field in Free Practice One for today’s Mexico City ePrix as the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez came up to speed.

 

The Brazilian could take heart from the recent turn of speed from Audi ABT Schaeffler despite having to incur a ten-grid penalty after a further break of the inverter seal on the Audi e-tron FE04 cars – the same which robbed team mate Daniel Abt of victory in the opening round in Hong Kong..

 

Heavy braking would be one of the main factor plaguing engineers and drivers looking for a temperature balance in Mexico, not to mention picking out the blind apexes at turns one, two and three consisting of little more than a barrier.

 

Grip leading onto sections of the Formula One Circuit was also less than ideal, but despite the damp conditions, times were already below the pole set in 2017 with championship leader Vergne leading the way.

 

Maro Engel was the next to chance his hand at the top of the time sheets with a 1:02.639, just a little under two-tenths quicker than Vergne. Audi ABT were now making a move with Di Grassi and Abt now at the top of the timesheets to mirror their performance last year here in FP1.

 

DS Virgin Driver Alex Lynn was one driver using all of the track (and then some) as he adjusted to the mixed conditions; perhaps throwing caution to the wind after learning of his ten-place penalty due to a gearbox change. Team-mate Sam Bird would also face the same penalty.

 

Lynn was now the quickest on track and some eight-tenths under the 2017 pole time despite only using 180 of the 200kW available. That gap would soon be reduced by Di Grassi, dropping the margin to 1.1 seconds.

 

Luca Filippi survived a massive moment at turn seven without any damage, but was definitely feeling the pressure as he struggled to get to grips with his NIO.

 

 Images: Michelin