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Vergne Tops Mexico In-Season Test Times

DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne tops the final in-season test of 2018-19 in Mexico City…

Photo: DS Techeetah

Jean-Eric Vergne set the fastest-ever lap in a Formula E car around Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez during Sunday’s final in-season test of the campaign in Mexico.

The DS Techeetah driver lapped the 1.3-mile Mexico City E-Prix circuit in a record time of 58.775 to eclipse Antonio Felix da Costa’s effort set earlier in the weekend by two tenths.

Vergne’s lap came in the quicker afternoon session as he took his DS E-Tense FE 19 to the top of the timing screens.

Second-quickest was Stoffel Vandoorne who set a time of 58.817s in the HWA Racelab-run Venturi VFE05.

Vandoorne was just 0.056s faster than this weekend’s E-Prix pole sitter Pascal Wehrlein who placed third, while Robin Frijns was fourth for the Envision Virgin Racing team.

Daniel Abt’s lap of 58.917s was the fastest of the morning session and remained good enough for fifth quickest in the overall times.

Rounding out the top six was Vergne’s teammate Andre Lotterer in the second of the DS Techeetah cars.

Raffaele Marciello drove Jose-Maria Lopez’s GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3 in the afternoon session and placed 17th after completing 50 laps.

Nelson Piquet Jr returned to the track for his first running since his spectacular accident in yesterday’s thrilling race won by Lucas di Grassi.

His Panasonic Jaguar Racing crew worked late into the night to build up his Jaguar I-Type 3 around a new Gen 2 monocoque after his original suffered damage in the contact with Vergne.

There were three red flags during the test as GEOX Dragon’s Felipe Nasr glanced the barrier between turns eight and nine in the morning session, while brief red flags were flown in the afternoon for fluid and debris on the circuit.

The Mexico City in-season test was the final time teams can run their Season Five powertrain packages outside of races and filming days.

Manufacturer testing of the Season Six powertrains has been open since the beginning of the year, with new entrants Porsche and Mercedes expected to be among the first to track test their cars next month.

RESULTS: Mexico City Test

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