The dry session on the half indoor-outdoor circuit was the final chance to get some laps in before qualifying and the race later today. The Jaguar-powered cars have looked strong all weekend, and continued to do so this morning in London, as all four of the drivers across Jaguar and Envision Racing teams went quickest at one point over the half hour.
Evans became the first man to set the fastest time of the weekend, locking in a 1m10.152s lap which remained the best of the session. Sebastien Buemi and Nick Cassidy of Envision, and Sam Bird (Jaguar) also had their own moments as the quickest guys on track. By the time the chequered flag fell it was a Jaguar powertrain 1-2-3, as Evans led Bird in second and Buemi in third. Cassidy, who lost out on his first Formula E championship yesterday, ended the session in fifth.
Nissan’s Sacha Fenestraz finished in an impressive fourth, 0.404s off the time of Evans. The young French-Argentine crashed heavily during yesterday’s Hankook London E-Prix and after an intense rebuild from the Nissan team is back and ready to race today.
NIO 333’s Dan Ticktum once again showed his fast pace to finish sixth, with Antonio Felix da Costa (TAG Heuer Porsche) sat in seventh. Porsche lodged their intent with the FIA to appeal the decision to penalise Antonio Felix da Costa in yesterday’s race, where he lost a second place finish, and now have 96 hours to confirm that intention to appeal. Da Costa spoke after Saturday’s race, saying he suffered a puncture and was nursing his car home - the penalty stated his tyre was under the regulated pressure.
Ticktum’s NIO teammate Sergio Sette Camara classified in eighth, with Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein in ninth and newly-crowned Season 9 champion Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) rounding up the top ten.
Several drivers found themselves going down the run-off at the chicane, pushing their cars to the limit whilst they could and get away with it during practice. With 11 minutes on the clock, 21 drivers were all within a second of each other which shows just how close this field is in this new GEN3 era.