10 Jul 21

FP2: Nissan's Sebastien Buemi heads the way in Free Practice 2 in New York City

Nissan e.dams' Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time of the morning's running at the Brooklyn Street Circuit in Free Practice 2, ahead of Maximilian Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) and Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein.

Nissan e.dams' Sebastien Buemi set the quickest time of the morning's practice run-time to top the timesheets in Free Practice 2 ahead of qualifying for the 2021 ABB New York City E-Prix.

The Swiss was the first to set a full-power 250kW lap time, relatively early in the session, and his 1m09.386s was two tenths of-a-second quicker than Alexander Sims' best the last time Formula E visited Brooklyn back in 2019, even on a track surface still evolving.

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Buemi's the most successful qualifier around the streets of Red Hook, having claimed pole position for three of Formula E's six races in New York City.

Maximilian Guenther - on home soil for the Andretti-run BMW i team and with team owner Michael Andretti in attendance - followed up top three pace in FP1 with more of the same in FP2 and went just 0.031 seconds shy of Buemi, while Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein wound up third.

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Standings leader Edo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) improved on his first practice showing to go within a tenth of the pace in fourth, just ahead of teammate Norman Nato.

Mercedes-EQ pair Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne sandwiched Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland, while Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) and Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) rounded out the top 10 - with the top 20 sitting within 1.1 seconds of one-another.

Sam Bird, meanwhile, missed out on valuable run-time with his Jaguar requiring ongoing repairs after that FP1 shunt.

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It's never entirely about pure pace in practice. Teams work through and tweak their systems, setups, FANBOOST and ATTACK MODE deployments as well as practice starts to make sure they're optimised for qualifying and the race later in the day.

Everything's liable to change come qualifying ahead of the ABB New York City E-Prix to come at 12:30 and the race itself follows at 16:30.

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