Sebastien Buemi quickest on penultimate day of testing

E.dams-Renault’s Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time of pre-season testing at Donington Park with a lap of 1:31.083 to finish two-tenths clear at the top of the leaderboard.

The 25-year-old beat the previous best time set by Audi Sport ABT driver Lucas di Grassi to finish quickest for the second day in a row.

Buemi, who has now topped three of the four pre-season test sessions, said: “Today has been a very good day. This morning we concentrated on race pace working on putting in lots of laps and finding the best balance with the temperatures of the tyres and battery. We continued to focus on race pace in the afternoon, as well as qualifying runs. Credit again has to go to the team for giving me such a good car and the confidence to push and we’ll now see how we can improve for the next one.”

With few reliability problems, all 10 teams racked up the mileage with a combined total of 840 laps for the day.

Di Grassi initially lowered the benchmark clocking a 1:31:282 in the morning session. The Brazilian, who topped the timesheets on day two, has looked strong throughout testing and commented: “We are making good progress every test and every time I get in the car. We understand the car a little better but it’s difficult to do a lot of representative work in Donington compared to some of the circuits we will race on throughout the season. The most important thing is to learn about the battery, the motor and tyre pressures but not necessarily fine tuning set-up at this track.”

Ex-Formula 1 and GP2 driver Jerome d’Ambrosio ended the day third for China Racing while Scott Speed, testing for Andretti Autosport, was a place further back in fourth.

Briton’s Sam Bird who headed-up testing duties for Virgin Racing in the afternoon session finished fifth with team-mate Jaime Alguersuari seven places back in 12th.

Audi Sport ABT driver Daniel Abt put in a strong performance in sixth position, ahead of Nicolas Prost in the e.dams-Renault. Despite a brief visit to the gravel trap in the morning, Jarno Trulli put in his quickest time of the test so far to finish ninth overall.

Nick Heidfeld taking over from his Venturi team-mate Stephane Sarrazin managed 78 laps on his way to eighth in the standings.

Andretti Autosport’s Franck Montagny started the day with blistering pace, clocking his fastest time of the test so far with a 1:32.958s. He eventually improved by a further four-tenths to complete the day just outside the top-10.

Argentina's Juan Manuel Lopez spent the day behind the wheel of the China Racing car and finished in a respectable 15th position.

The fifth and final test takes place on August 19 with free access to fans via the Donington Park website.

FIA Formula E Championship
Day 4, Donington Park - Test Results (Combined Times):

  1. Sebastien Buemi, e.dams-Renault, 1:31.083s
  2. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT, 1:31.282s
  3. Jerome d’Ambrosio, China Racing, 1:31.651s
  4. Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport, 1:31.810s
  5. Sam Bird, Virgin Racing, 1:31.895s
  6. Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT, 1:32.080s
  7. Nicolas Prost, e.dams-Renault, 1:32.124s
  8. Nick Heidfeld, Venturi, 1:32.126s
  9. Jarno Trulli, Trulli, 1:32.479s
  10. Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, 1:32.506s
  11. Franck Montagny, Andretti Autosport, 1:32.512s
  12. Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing, 1:32.583s
  13. Karun Chandhok, Mahindra Racing, 1:33.019s
  14. Oriol Servia, Dragon Racing, 1:33.083s
  15. Juan Manuel Lopez, China Racing, 1:33.425s
  16. Michela Cerruti, Trulli, 1:33.544s
  17. Mike Conway, Dragon Racing, 1:33.692s
  18. Katherine Legge, Amlin Aguri, 1:33.778s
  19. Fabio Leimer, Amlin Aguri, 1:38.988s