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Buemi Ahead in Hong Kong Sunday Practice

Sebastien Buemi set the fastest lap of the Hong Kong weekend in this morning’s Practice session….

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Sebastien Buemi set the fastest lap of the Hong Kong Formula E weekend in Sunday morning’s practice session.

The Renault e.dams driver set a best lap of 1:02.002 to head Alex Lynn’s DS Virgin DSV-03 by 0.349s.

Buemi, who is yet to score a point so far after suffering a systems shutdown in yesterday’s race, was 0.8s quicker than the previous best lap of the weekend set by Mitch Evans’ Jaguar in yesterday’s second session.

Being the only practice running of the day, the 45-minute session ensured all drivers completed full 200kW qualifying simulations.

Lynn’s time came in the final ten minutes and saw a spectacular slide exiting Turn 10 and as he crossed the timing beam.

Lucas di Grassi placed third in his Audi e-tron FE04 with a a 1:02.351 time, despite being baulked by a slower car on his best lap.

Jean-Eric Vergne’s early session best of 1:02.437 was good enough for fourth. Saturday’s pole-sitter headed Race 1 winner Sam Bird in fifth, who will take a 10-place grid penalty later today for his pit lane incident yesterday.

Felix Rosenqvist took sixth for Mahindra ahead of Daniel Abt’s, who celebrates his 25th birthday today.

Like yesterday’s qualifying session, Nicolas Prost was again involved in an incident with Jerome d’Ambrosio’s Dragon car after the Frenchman appeared to slow dramatically in order to get a clear run for a quick lap.

The Renault e.dams driver almost caught out the following Oliver Turvey before d’Ambrosio did make light contact with the back of Prost’s car, dislodging part of the Renault’s bodywork.

Prost’s teammate Buemi also had an on-track dispute as he and Antonio Felix da Costa exchanged expressive hand gestures on their slowing down lap.

Vergne, meanwhile, locked up and having a trip down the Turn 1 escape road and Maro Engel briefly stopping on track during the hour long session.

Qualifying for Round 2 is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. local time.

RESULTS: Practice 3

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