14 Jul 18
In the first free practice of the day here in the Big Apple, it was reigning champ and Audi Sport Abt Scheffler's Lucas di Grassi who posted the fastest lap of the session with a 1:13.566 lap. Followed by former champion Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) with a 1:13.916 lap and Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans in third with 1:14.027. Behind Evans in fourth was championship hopeful Jean-Eric Vergne for Techeetah, who managed a 1:14.288 lap.
Free Practice 1 is the first time the drivers will have the chance to drive the track under timed conditions, giving us an insight into how they'll perform during the race. Despite the timings, they don't count towards the race result - it's just a free practice session. Here, the drivers can make use of the full 200kW of the car's power.
With a cool track causing trouble for Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist, who came close to skimming the wall, the first practice session of the day saw two red flags raised as Rosenqvist's teammate Nick Heidfeld went wide into Turn 12, stopping in front of the wall and causing traffic to back up behind him. The second red flag came shortly after, when Dragon's Jose Maria Lopez clip the kerb on Turn 12, breaking his rear suspension. "We don't know the problem exactly but it looks like the kerb might have sheered the rear suspension," said Jay Penske, owner of the American Dragon team.
With the session back underway, the stewards added an extra 13minutes to the to the clock after the morning's disruption, allowing the drivers more time to get to grips with the nuances of the 1.47-mile track's 14 turns.
Slowing to a halt on track, Nelson Piquet Jn, reported problems back to the garage before resetting the car and continuing on. "It was quite a difficult session with a lot of red flags...but the car's been quick recently, so hopefully it will be here too," said di Grassi.
Keep it locked to FIAFormulaE.com for all the latest news from the 2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix and watch Free Practice 2 live at 10:00.