Nelson Piquet Jr. went quickest in the opening timed session for today’s Rome E-Prix while the session was ended prematurely after a crash for Alex Lynn.
The Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver led for most of the 45-minute Free Practice 1 session on Saturday morning, setting a best time of 1:36.134 in his Jaguar I-Type II.
Sam Bird was the second quickest driver in the field after setting a time 0.081 seconds slower than the Brazilian.
His DS Virgin Racing teammate Lynn crashed at the exit of Turn 1 with five minutes remaining, bringing out the red flag and ending the session prematurely.
Mitch Evans made it both Jaguar drivers in the top three albeit over five-tenths slower than Piquet, while Jean-Eric Vergne placed fourth.
Both Vergne and Andre Lotterer had minor problems in their Techeetah cars with two lockups for the Frenchman and a trip into the escape road at the hairpin for Lotterer.
Piquet had also touched the barrier earlier in the session at Turn 1 but avoided major damage, while Felix Rosenqvist spun into an escape road and Jose Maria Lopez also glanced the wall.
No drivers completed full-power 200 kW laps in the session.
Free Practice 2 will get underway at 10:30 a.m. local time ahead of qualifying at 12 p.m. FP2 will again be streamed live on the series’ YouTube channel and Facebook page.
RESULTS: Free Practice 1