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Monaco E-Prix: Rowland leads DS Techeetah pair in practice

Monaco E-Prix: Rowland leads DS Techeetah pair in practice
By Motorsport.com

11/05/2019 at 10:01Updated 11/05/2019 at 10:31

Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland set the fastest time across the two ABB FIA Formula E practice sessions in Monaco.Rowland, who won the 2017 Formula 2 feature race on his last competitive outing in Monaco, set a best time of 49.847s in the 30-minute FP2 session. He ended up 0.123s clear of reigning champion and DS Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne. The 45-minute FP1 session – which was topped b

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Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland set the fastest time across the two ABB FIA Formula E practice sessions in Monaco.

Rowland, who won the 2017 Formula 2 feature race on his last competitive outing in Monaco, set a best time of 49.847s in the 30-minute FP2 session.

He ended up 0.123s clear of reigning champion and DS Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne.

The 45-minute FP1 session – which was topped by Audi’s Lucas di Grassi – took place in sunny early morning conditions, before clouds gathered over Monaco ahead of second practice.

Andre Lotterer and Rowland enjoyed short spells at the top early in FP2 before Vergne moved in front and stayed in first place for the majority of the session.

The FP2 times remained slower than in first practice until the dying minutes of the second session, with BMW Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa opening a flurry of fast full power laps that eventually brought the quickest times of the day so far.

After da Costa, Felipe Massa and Alexander Sims went quickest, di Grassi moved to the head of the FP2 times with a 50.051s before he was edged out by Jaguar’s Alex Lynn.

Vergne then briefly retook the top spot before Rowland established himself as the practice pacesetter with two minutes of FP2 remaining.

Lotterer ended up third ahead of Lynn and di Grassi, who spun to the inside of Ste Devote as he prepared for his final flying lap.

Pascal Wehrlein finished sixth in the FP2 for Mahindra Racing to demote Sims and Massa to seventh and eighth.

Da Costa ended up being shuffled down to 12th.

Dragon Racing driver Maximilian Gunther, still standing in for Felipe Nasr, picked up a 10-place grid penalty for the Monaco race after FP1, as he was found to have been speeding during a full course yellow in the opening session.

That infraction earned him a third reprimand of the season and triggered the 10-place grid penalty.

Rowland’s Nissan teammate Sebastien Buemi had two trips down the Turn 3 escape road – which runs the opposite way up the Monaco track’s traditional downhill tunnel exit when the full Formula 1 configuration is in use – during FP2.

Buemi, who won both of FE’s first two races in Monaco, wound up 21st in FP2 – 1.329s slower than Rowland.

First practice results:

1 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 50.183
2 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 50.255 0.072
3 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 50.292 0.109
4 Alexander Sims Andretti Autosport 50.330 0.147
5 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 50.347 0.164
6 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Autosport 50.449 0.266
7 Robin Frijns Virgin Racing 50.452 0.269
8 Andre Lotterer Techeetah 50.490 0.307
9 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 50.568 0.385
10 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA AG 50.638 0.455
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 50.721 0.538
12 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 50.730 0.547
13 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Racing 50.875 0.692
14 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 50.884 0.701
15 Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 50.920 0.737
16 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 50.931 0.748
17 Daniel Abt Team Abt 51.069 0.886
18 Alex Lynn Jaguar Racing 51.090 0.907
19 Maximilian Gunther Dragon Racing 51.393 1.210
20 Gary Paffett HWA AG 51.399 1.216
21 Felipe Massa Venturi 51.530 1.347
22 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 53.829 3.646
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Second practice results:

1 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 49.847
2 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 49.970 0.123
3 Andre Lotterer Techeetah 49.981 0.134
4 Alex Lynn Jaguar Racing 50.042 0.195
5 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 50.051 0.204
6 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 50.130 0.283
7 Alexander Sims Andretti Autosport 50.199 0.352
8 Felipe Massa Venturi 50.232 0.385
9 Daniel Abt Team Abt 50.263 0.416
10 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 50.266 0.419
11 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 50.321 0.474
12 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Autosport 50.403 0.556
13 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA AG 50.418 0.571
14 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 50.631 0.784
15 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Racing 50.679 0.832
16 Gary Paffett HWA AG 50.831 0.984
17 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 50.831 0.984
18 Maximilian Gunther Dragon Racing 50.862 1.015
19 Robin Frijns Virgin Racing 50.960 1.113
20 Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 51.142 1.295
21 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 51.176 1.329
22 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 51.363 1.516
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