Both Envision Virgin Racing cars and the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler machine of Lucas di Grassi incurred damage in off-track moments during an eventful opening session for today’s Paris E-Prix.
Robin Frijns nosed his Envision Virgin machine into the barriers before his teammate Sam Bird, who was tagged into a spin by Sebastien Buemi earlier in the session, lost the rear of his car on a damp 1.2-mile Circuit des Invalides.
These two red flag-producing incidents came after di Grassi’s Audi machine sustained front-end damage when the Brazilian driver lost control heading down the back straight on his out-lap.
DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer set the quickest time of 1:10.667, two-tenths ahead of the two Nissan e.dams cars driven by Buemi and Oliver Rowland.
Venturi’s Gary Paffett ran fourth-fastest ahead of Bird who managed to set a couple of quick times before his session-ending excursion into the barriers.
Pascal Wehrlein lapped sixth for Mahindra Racing, while Lotterer’s teammate and defending Paris winner Jean-Eric Vergne ran seventh.
Vergne escaped damage to his car when his car dramatically snapped into a spin on the back straight and slid into the run-off area in a near-repeat of di Grassi’s moment.
After facing limited track time in the early morning session, Free Practice 2 is set to get underway at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. EDT).