built on his impressive opening pace for Jaguar to top free practice two of round two of the 2018/19 ABB Championship at Marrakesh.

 

Evans headed the Techeetah of Andre Lotterer, followed by the Nissan entry of Sebastien Buemi. Audi however would have a disappointing session with Daniel Abt finishing in 11th and Lucas di Grassi in 21st.

 

 

With second practice running in considerably warmer conditions than the opening session, teams were cautious with their tyre programmes by virtue of only allowed to run two sets per round. With a predominantly more closed cockpit than Gen1 machinery, cooling the tyres between qualifying simulations would present drivers and teams with even more challenges.

 

Intriguingly, Buemi was taking a softer entry into the braking zones – squaring off his braking in a straight line before dialling in his steering input. It was in stark contrast to Lotterer, who would diamond-in his braking – perhaps yielding a quicker initial entry, albeit inconsistent with the number of lock-ups the German was experiencing.

 

Something that was becoming even more apparent was the tricky nature of the ‘Attack Mode’ activation zone. Being on a downhill run on the dusty line would prove a risky proposition for drivers choosing to gamble on the prospect of gaining places. Gaining extra power might not necessarily mean gaining extra time as a mistake on entry could be more costly on balance.

 

Evans once again (as he did in opening practice) took a turn at the top of the timesheets for Jaguar, with Oliver Rowland too gaining confidence in the Nissan, running as high as second ahead of Antonio Felix Da Costa in the early stages.

 

Felipe Massa’s Venturi experienced a shut down just as the Brazilian was engaging his 250kW lap. A simple ‘turn it off and on again’ instruction was enough to get him running again. With his Venturi dancing under brakes and narrowly missing apexes, Massa looked to be struggling to iron off some of the rough edges.

 

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