10 Jul 21

FP1: Robin Frijns sets early pace in New York City

Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns fired to the top of the times in Free Practice 1, as the Dutchman and early standings leader seeks to bounce back from a dire weekend in Puebla last time out.

Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) set the benchmark time in Free Practice 1 at the Brooklyn Street Circuit, with NIO 333's Oliver Turvey and BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Maximilian Guenther in close company.

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Frijns' 1m10.282s shaded Turvey's effort by a little under a tenth-of-a-second, with Guenther third, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler's Lucas di Grassi fourth, Pascal Wehrlein fifth in the Porsche and Joel Eriksson - now a permanent fixture at DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT in 2020/21, in place of Nico Mueller - rounding out the top six.

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The top 10 all sat within a second of one-another as teams and drivers reaquainted themselves with streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn ahead of the 2021 ABB New York City E-Prix.

Dutchman Frijns had headed to Puebla top of the Drivers' running but a non-score at a tough race weekend in Mexico saw Edoardo Mortara fly into the frame from 12th in the table. The Swiss-Italian currently finds himself 19th in the times and 1.4 seconds off the pace, with a bit of work to do.

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Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) had set the fastest time through the first and second sector on a flying lap late in the session and looked to be threatening FP1's benchmark but at Clinton Wharf, a tricky quick left-hander, he found the wall on the exit.

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That damage could prove problematic for the two-time NYC E-Prix winner if the Brit's damaged his Jaguar's powertrain, with Team Principal James Barclay confirming his driver clipped the wall at the apex on the way through Turn 14.

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Coverage of Free Practice 2 follows at 10:15 local time, with qualifying ahead of the ABB New York City E-Prix to come at 12:30 and the race itself at 16:30. In the meantime, get up to speed with the full NYC preview.

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