Robin Frijns set the pace during the first practice session ahead of today’s opening 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship E-Prix at Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The Envision Virgin Racing driver produced a time of 1:16.137 during a twice red flag interrupted 45-minute session to put his Audi e-tron FE06 on top.
Posting the second-fastest time on the treacherously dusty 1.54-mile Diriyah track was GEOX Dragon driver Nico Muller who’s late session time was just 1.264 seconds adrift of Frijns’ full power lap.
Sam Bird placed third in the other Envision Virgin Racing entry with the British driver just ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne’s Mercedes.
Nissan e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi placed fifth, while Antonio Felix Da Costa rounded out the top six in his first competitive appearance for DS Techeetah
Pascal Wehrlein triggered a Full Course Yellow in the opening moments of the session when he stopped and then re-booted his Mahindra M6ELECTRO.
Wehrlein then stopped a further two times before retiring to the pit garage as the team investigated the persistent problem that saw him unable to post a representative time.
The first red flag was triggered when Ma Qinghua hit the wall and damaged the front and rear of his NIO333 car on his out lap.
Brendon Hartley brought out the second red flag as he crashed his GEOX Dragon after encountering some loose asphalt marbles at the T2/T3 complex of corners.
The Kiwi damaged the left rear corner of his Penske EV-4 and sat out the last eight minutes of the session.
A second Free Practice session is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. local time.
RESULTS: Free Practice 1