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Piquet Tops Shortened FP1 in Rome

Nelson Piquet Jr. fastest in opening practice, session ends early after Lynn crash…

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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

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

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. eTorque

    April 14, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Jake, watch the interview with Piquet and Nicki; he states clearly that he did a 200kW lap to achieve the time. Therefore who else did as well?

    • Jake Kilshaw

      April 14, 2018 at 5:22 am

      Hi eTorque, we’ve checked with the team and had confirmation that Nelson didn’t use the full 200 kW at all in FP1.

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