Monaco ePrix: Points leader Buemi sweeps practice

Sebastien Buemi edged out Sam Bird to top both practice sessions as Formula E returned to Monaco.

Monaco ePrix: Points leader Buemi sweeps practice

The Renault e.dams driver led the way in FP1 with a 52.795s, and then improved marginally on that effort with a 52.729s in FP2.

That was a full second faster than the practice benchmark when Formula E first visited the principality in its inaugural 2014/15 season.

Buemi and team-mate Nico Prost were the only leading drivers to complete a qualifying simulation in first practice.

When Bird turned his DS Virgin Racing car up to 200kW in FP2, he went quickest with a time 0.002s slower than Buemi’s FP1 best.

That looked like it would let Bird top the second session, but Buemi improved with a late flying lap to vault to top spot by 0.068s.

Lucas di Grassi was the only other driver to dip below the 53-second mark on a 52.978s, although fourth-fastest Jean-Eric Vergne came extremely close with a 53.001s.

Less than three tenths of a second covered di Grassi in fourth and Prost, who hit the wall with his front-right wheel through the Antony Noghes corner, in ninth.

Jose Maria Lopez, Loic Duval, Daniel Abt and Nelson Piquet Jr. filled the positions between those two, with Stephane Sarrazin completing the top 10 for Venturi.

‘Silly' Turvey/Rosenqvist crash ends FP1 early

The opening session was ended slightly early by a bizarre accident involving Oliver Turvey and Felix Rosenqvist.

Rosenqvist rear-ended Turvey heading into the Turn 3 hairpin, which reconnects the Formula E track with the Formula 1 layout via the exit of the chicane.

With double yellow flags being waved for the barely-moving Buemi on the inside, Turvey then braked heavily to avoid passing the Renault under the caution. 

Rosenqvist was not expecting this, and ploughed into the back of the NextEV car.

“You have to be prepared to stop,” Turvey said. “I didn’t even see him [Rosenqvist]. It was a silly accident.”

Rosenqvist explained: “I braked earlier than on my lap before. I expected Oliver to pass Buemi but he was afraid to get a penalty and panic braked.

“It was a misunderstanding, this is the problem when people are slowing down.”

Both took part in FP2 and finished next to each other on the timing screens, with Rosenqvist 16th and Turvey 17th.

Lopez cleared to see out event

DS Virgin driver Lopez has been cleared to take part in the remainder of the Monaco event.

The Argentine driver was assessed by the FIA's medical team after taking part in FP1, having recovered from two damaged vertebrae in a World Endurance Championship crash at Silverstone.

Lopez had skipped the Spa WEC round last week as a precaution and was a doubt for the Monaco race, but will now get to contest the event as planned. He has set the fifth-fastest time both in FP1 and in FP2.

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