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Vergne Quickest in FP2 as Lopez Brings Out Red Flags

Jean-Eric Vergne posts quickest FP2 lap as Jose Maria Lopez brings out red flags…

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Jean-Eric Vergne topped the timesheets during a red flag-affected second practice session ahead of this afternoon’s GEOX Rome E-Prix.

The DS Techeetah driver posted a time of 1:29.370 right at the end of the 30-minute session to go quickest overall, 0.155 seconds ahead of BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix da Costa.

They were followed closely by Nissan e.dams teammates Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland, who led the way during the early morning session.

Rounding out the top five was Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans, while Vergne’s teammate Andre Lotterer placed sixth as the final driver to lap the 1.77-mile circuit in under 90 seconds.

Jose Maria Lopez brought out the red flags just under 10 minutes into the session when he nosed his GEOX Dragon Racing machine into the barriers.

The Argentinian missed his turn-in for the chicane and went straight on into the outside perimeter wall, with the car picking up notable damage to its right-front corner.

Lopez suggested to TV afterwards that the impact did not cause any significant damage to the cockpit and that he will be back on track for qualifying in roughly an hour’s time.

Felipe Massa also found trouble in FP2, with the Venturi driver bringing out a Full Course Yellow when he spun and stopped at the Turn 13 hairpin with a suspected driveshaft issue.

The first of four qualifying groups is set to hit the track at 11:45 a.m. local time (05:45 a.m. eastern).


Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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