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FP2 Cancelled, Drivers Propose Alternative Formats

No track action yet, drivers suggest alternative solutions for schedule change…

Photo: DS Techeetah

Free Practice 2 for the Ad Diriyah E-Prix has also been cancelled due to weather conditions, while several drivers gathered to discuss alternative solutions for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship opener.

No on-track running has taken place at the Saudi Arabian circuit so far today, with FP1 rained off and efforts to clear the standing water in time for FP2 unsuccessful.

Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird went out on track for a recon lap in a BMW i3 support car with race director Scot Elkins.

Several areas of the new circuit still have considerable amounts of standing water due to the track’s undulations and lack of drainage.

Jean-Eric Vergne was amongst the drivers who gathered in the pit lane to discuss alternative solutions for the packed schedule, with the reigning champion proposing a Free Practice-style qualifying session.

It seemed to be supported by a number of the DS Techeetah driver’s rivals, including Bird, as it would prevent competitors from setting 250 kW full power laps in the unpredictable conditions.

The standard qualifying format would be less favorable to last year’s frontrunners, with the top five drivers from the 2017-18 championship heading out in the first qualifying group in the worst conditions.

Others have suggested that the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY drivers head out on track first, owing to the SUVs’ increased ride height compared to the Formula E cars, to help dry the track.

A further update regarding the schedule is set for 9:30 a.m. local time, with qualifying initially scheduled for 10:50 a.m.

Only race director Elkins and Abdul Aziz Al Thawadi, the clerk of the course, have ‘overriding authority’ in the control of the timetable in accordance with the regulations and the ISC.

Sam Smith contributed to this report.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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