With the sun already beating down on the apron section of Berlin's Templehoff airport, it was home race hero Nick Hiedfield (Mahindra Racing) who led the way in the first Free Practice session of the day with a time of 1:09.697. Following him was Renault e.dams' Sebastien Buemi with a time of 1:10.171 followed by championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne with a time of 1:10.351.
Making his return to Formula E after he left Techeetah last season, Frenchman Stephane Sarrazin put his car in the wall on Turn 1 after understeering heavily, failing to make it round. Under a red flag, Sarrazin's car was recovered before the Free Practice resumed with fourteen minutes left on the clock.
Answering a fan question live in the cockpit, Techeetah's Andre Lotterer stressed the need for smooth driving, with the surface of the Templehoff causing more wear than usual on the tyres. "We need to race smoothly here not to heat the tyres too much," said the German driver.
With just seconds of the session remaining, Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosneqvist spun on Turn 1, making use of the run-off area to recover before finishing the session.
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