DS TECHEETAH's Jean-Eric Vergne left it late to fly a huge four tenths of a second clear of teammate Antonio Felix da Costa at the top of the timing screens in Free Practice 2 ahead of the Jakarta E-Prix.
The Frenchman's 1m07.594s lap was almost a second quicker than Oliver Rowland's Free Practice 1 pace as teams and the DS engineers looked to have dialled their cars in to the all-new Jakarta E-Prix International Circuit more effectively than the rest, at least at this stage.
Da Costa set his lap late to pip Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) to second. The Brit is looking handy, and has been at the sharp end of the times in both practice sessions so far - as has Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing), who makes the top six again with the fourth fastest time in FP2.
Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) followed fifth with the NIO 333 Racing duo of Dan Ticktum and Oliver Turvey sixth and seventh - the duo having led the way for the majority of the session.
Standings leader Stoffel Vandoorne finds himself 10th fastest.
More than just lap times
A new racetrack means no data - which puts every team on an equal footing in their preparation and simulation work heading into the race weekend. Round 9 is a blank slate, with Free Practice the only chance teams and drivers will have to gather information and check everything corrolates with their simulations before they get competitive in qualifying ahead of the race.
Lap times are far from the only focus. Drivers and engineers will be working flat out to understand things like energy management profiles and setup ahead of qualifying and the race later in the day - making sure everything tallies with their simulation work.
On top of energy management, teams work through everything from their systems, setups, FANBOOST and ATTACK MODE deployments and launches throughout practice to make sure they're on-point when it counts.
Coverage of qualifying ahead of the 2022 Jakarta E-Prix follows at 10:40 and the race itself at 15:00. In the meantime, catch up with the full preview.
Published on 4th June 2022
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