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Da Costa Paces Mexico City Second Practice

BMW’s Antonio Felix da Costa sets a sub 59-second lap to lead FP2 in Mexico…

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Antonio Felix da Costa put BMW i Andretti Motorsport on top during the second and final free practice session ahead of today’s Mexico City E-Prix.

Da Costa set a new fastest lap of the day with his 58.963 coming in the final 10 minutes of the half-hour session, marking the first time a Formula E car has broken the 59-second barrier at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Felipe Massa finished 0.175 seconds off the BMW driver’s pace in his Venturi VFE05 to go second in line, while 2015-16 champion Sebastien Buemi lapped third for Nissan e.dams.

Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio and Envision Virgin’s Sam Bird slotted into fourth and fifth, both less than half a second off the top spot, while Jose Maria Lopez settled for sixth after setting the best lap of the session with 10 minutes to go.

That meant six different teams had drivers in the top six, with Oliver Rowland running seventh in the second Nissan e.dams car ahead of Jaguar Racing’s Nelson Piquet Jr.

Second practice ran clean virtually throughout, except when Oliver Turvey had the only notable incident when he clipped the inside barrier of the final chicane and sustained damage to his NIO Sport 004.

All but four drivers dipped under the one-minute barrier in the session, after the top 12 drivers cleared the milestone in FP1.

Qualifying for round four of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship takes place later today at 11:45 a.m. local time (12:45 p.m. ET, 5:45 p.m. GMT).

RESULTS: Free Practice 2

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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