17 Feb 19

Vergne sets new unofficial lap record in Mexico City test

  • Vergne fastest of the day, setting a new unofficial lap record of 58.775s
  • Seven drivers smashed the former lap record set by BMW i's da Costa just the day before
  • 19 cars and drivers all within a second of each other 
  • Gen2 just under three seconds faster than Gen1 around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 

Here's how the day unfolded...

Both Audi's were fastest in the morning session with Daniel Abt posting a 58.917s lap, followed closely by his teammate and yesterday's race winner Lucas di Grassi with a time of 58.962s. "It feels good but it makes me sad at the same time because of yesterday," said Abt. 

"We had everything to be at the front but I made a mistake in Quali. It's a shame there are no points for today!"

Third fastest of the morning's session was Venturi's Felipe Massa, who set a 58.977s lap. The Brazilian scored his first points in Formula E in the Mexico City race, putting him 16th in the standings. Abt's time topped the former lap record of 58.963s set by BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa in Practice 2 ahead of the 2019 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix.  

With 18 cars all posting times within a second of each other, only Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein and his teammate Jerome d'Ambrosio, NIO's Oliver Turvey and Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Nelson Piquet Jr. failed to post a time under a minute. Following a spectacular collision with Jean-Eric Vergne in the race yesterday, Piquet Jr. spent the morning breaking in the rebuilt car. 

During the afternoon session, times tumbled further as DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne posted the fastest time overall, setting a new unofficial lap record with a time of 58.775s. HWA Racelab's Stoffel Vandoorne posted the second fastest time of the day in the afternoon (58.817s) followed by Mahindra Racing's pascal Wehrlein with a time of 58.873s. 

 Full timings and final classification to follow.