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Abt Leads Mexico City First Practice as 60-Second Lap Falls

Daniel Abt leads opening practice as 12 cars lap Mexico City circuit in under a minute…

Photo: Audi

Daniel Abt set the fastest time in opening practice for this afternoon’s Mexico City E-Prix as twelve drivers recorded sub-one-minute laps of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Antonio Felix da Costa became the first driver to break the 60-second barrier for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s 1.3-mile configuration of the Mexican Grand Prix venue with a time of 59.823.

The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver’s initial benchmark was then eclipsed by several other drivers late in the early morning session, including Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Abt who led the way on a 59.319.

Second-quickest was Edoardo Mortara whose best lap was 0.078 seconds shy of the leading pace, while da Costa’s teammate Alexander Sims ran third with a time of 59.439.

Fourth in the order was Sebastien Buemi ahead of Oliver Turvey, with Abt’s teammate Lucas di Grassi running fifth.

Stoffel Vandoorne originally looked set to top the timing charts but the Belgian had to settle for seventh after his 59.687 effort was beaten by the late improvers on qualifying runs.

Series rookie Felipe Nasr rounded out the list of drivers who went sub-one-minute in FP1 ahead of his debut for GEOX Dragon, which was one of three teams to see both of its cars dip under the marker.

Audi and BMW also doubled up, while Oliver Rowland fell just 0.001 seconds short of putting both Nissan e.dams cars in the 60-second bracket.

There were no major incidents in opening practice, although a handful of drivers had off-track moments including Andre Lotterer who was forced to reset his Techeetah car after going wide twice at the turn 1 right-hander.

Robin Frijns also had a rotation on a hot lap before going on to set the 14th fastest time overall.

RESULTS: Free Practice 1

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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