Oliver Turvey registered a late lap of 1:18.565 to top the times after the first of three days of official testing at the Circuito Ricardo Tomo in Valencia.
The NIO driver set his lap in the final moments of the three hour afternoon session in the NextEV NIO 003, which was publicly unveiled at the track this morning.
Sebastien Buemi was just 0.012 seconds behind Turvey in his Renault Z.E.17. The Season Two champion’s best time of 1:18.565 was also set in the final ten minutes of the afternoon running.
Buemi’s best eclipsed reigning champion Lucas Di Grassi’s time of 1:18.577 by 0.002 seconds, meaning that the top three were covered by just 0.014s.
The fourth overall best time of the day was the quickest from the cooler morning session, as Sam Bird peaked on a 1:18.669 in his Season Four challenger.
The DS Virgin Racing driver, however, suffered an accident early on in the afternoon session when he inflicted some damage to one of his cars after glancing the controversial temporary tire-layered concrete block erected first chicane.
The majority of the drivers expressed displeasure at the layout of the circuit for the test, especially the first chicane which was described varyingly as “ridiculous” and “rudimentary.”
The chicane was utilized to try and replicate similar chicanes used on Formula E race tracks but the result was met with universal criticism from most of the drivers.
A request for the chicane to be altered was not met by the FIA after the first session.
There were several other red flags during the day to retrieve stranded cars. These included Techeetah and Venturi pairings Jean-Eric Vergne, Andre Lotterer and James Rossiter, Edoardo Mortara.
Vergne’s stoppage was incident related as he spun in to the gravel inflicting a small amount cosmetic damage to his Renault powered Techeetah.
RESULTS: Monday Test