Abt heads treacherous final NYC practice
Daniel Abt lead the way for Audi in the final practice for this weekend’s NYC ePrix ahead of Mitch Evans’ Jaguar and the Andretti of Antonio Felix Da Costa.
As it was 12 months ago, third practice for the final race of the Formula E Season took place in wet conditions. Whilst treacherous in the narrow confines of the Brooklyn circuit, it did wash away much of the bothersome dust that scattered the circuit during yesterday’s championship decider.
Drivers were extremely cautious in the damp conditions, with Sam Bird and Jose Maria Lopez the first drivers to come unstuck, both able to continue without any damage, however Lopez’s pirouette at least scored a 9.9 from the judges – if not the stewards.
Watching from the garage, a reflective Jay Penske commented the progress of the Dragon team in season 4, saying that the team had “been better in the season that we showed. We’ve made some significant improvements in personnel”.
Despite the Driver’s Championship being decided in Jean-Eric Vergne’s favour, the slim 31 points separating Techeetah and DS Virgin Racingin the Team’s Championship meant there was still a lot more to play for – with a 16-point gap back to Audi in 3rd place.
Alex Lynn will be given a 10 place grid penalty for a gearbox change following his crash in yesterday’s race.
Ma Qing Hua re-joined NIO for the final day – subbing for the still injured Oliver Turvey after fractureing his 5th metacarpal – and would at least experience sampling Gen-1 Formula E machinery for the last time before the official engagement of the Gen-2 vehicle.
Jaguar team principal James Barclay shed some light on his teams retirements yesterday, with Mitch Evans suffering a driveshaft failure at the race start while team-mate Nelson Piquet accidentally switched the car off exiting the pits.
Barclay was still confident that Jaguar could score a debut win before the season is out, saying the team “are ticking off the list at the moment… We are getting close. We will keep trying”.
Felix Rosenqvist damaged the front wing of his Mahindra after nudging the Tecpro barriers, but was able to continue with a replacement.
Qualifying for today’s race begins at 11:30am local time.
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