22 Mar 19

Rowland storms Practice 1 in Sanya, trouble for Techeetah

Ahead of the showdown in Sanya, Nissan e.dams' rookie driver Oliver Rowland was fastest in the first session of the day with a time of 1:07.561s, followed by BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa (1:07.625s) and his teammate Alex Sims (1:07.751s).

With a total of 15 cars all finishing the session within a second, the 2.360 km track in Haitang Bay saw a few drivers, including reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne and former champ Lucas di Grassi, struggle to find the breaking points. Further trouble for the DS Techeetah drivers saw them repeatedly struggle on the brakes, hinting at issues in the Chinese team's technical set up in Sanya.