topped first official practice for the New York City ePrix ahead of this weekend’s Formula E finale ahead of former championship rival Sebastien Buemi.


Buemi –  who is yet to win a race this year – lead ’s Lucas di Grassi and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans in an incident-packed first session until Di Grassi made time up during his final full-power lap – the onkky driver to complete a 200kW lap.


Dusty and warm temperatures greeting Formula E teams at Brooklyn and it wasn’t long before the town lived up to its reputation. A mistake courtesy of Nick Heidfeld saw the German driver nudge the wall on the exit to the hairpin, causing a virtual car park and bringing out the red-flags.






When practice resumed, driver were just about to get into a groove when Jose Maria Lopez halted proceedings once again after breaking a rear wishbone on his Dragon whilst running over the kerbs.


As a result of the stops, practice was extended another ten minutes to give teams ample time to adjust. It was a good opportunity as times in the first session were relatively meaningless given the extra length of the track compared to last year, by virtue of the three extra turns.


Di Grassi and Mitch Evans would fill the top two positions until another yellow flag came out –this time for Evans’ team-mate Nelson Piquet, after his Jaguar halted on the exit to turn 12. Maro Engel remarkably survives a collision with the tyres in his Venturi.




Practice 2 for the NYC ePrix begins at 10am local time.


Image: Michelin