Valencia Formula E test: Turvey sets pace on opening day

Oliver Turvey set the fastest time on the opening day of Formula E pre-season testing as barely a tenth covered the top six drivers at Valencia.

Valencia Formula E test: Turvey sets pace on opening day
Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams
Luca Filippi, NIO Formula E Team, Jerome D'Ambrosio, Dragon Racing
Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing
Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing
Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams
Nelson Piquet Jr., Jaguar Racing
Alexander Sims, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team

The NIO driver posted a 1m18.565s in the afternoon session in Spain to head a close sextet on the first of three days of official running.

Turvey's time was 0.012s quicker than Renault e.dams' Sebastien Buemi, with Audi's reigning champion Lucas di Grassi just 0.002s further back in third.

Felix Rosenqvist also lapped within a tenth of Turvey in the afternoon, while Sam Bird – who set his best time in the morning – and di Grassi's teammate Daniel Abt completed the leading half dozen.

Bird's afternoon was compromised by a crash at the makeshift chicane on the start/finish straight.

The Briton was one of several drivers to complain about the chicane after the morning session and damaged one of his DS Virgin Racing DSV-03s in the incident.

He still completed a decent amount of running in the afternoon but did not put in a full-power lap and was just under two seconds off Turvey's pace.

Bird's teammate Alex Lynn also opted to avoid a 200kW run in the afternoon but his morning time was good enough for seventh fastest.

Jean-Eric Vergne caused one of several other red flags in the afternoon, spinning his Techeetah into the gravel at Turn 3, and wound up 0.451s off the pace in eighth.

Mitch Evans put Jaguar inside the top five in the morning and improved by a tenth in the afternoon to finish ninth, sixth tenths and fourth places clear of new teammate Nelson Piquet Jr, as Nico Prost completed the top 10 in the second Renault.

FE newcomers Edoardo Mortara, Andre Lotterer and James Rossiter all caused stoppages.

Rossiter and Mortara are vying for a race seat at Venturi, with Rossiter incurring damage at the same chicane Bird hit and Mortara stopping on track.

Rossiter was the quicker of the two, posting a morning lap time 1.6s off the ultimate pace and half a second quicker than Mortara managed in an afternoon session of restricted running.

Porsche LMP1 driver Lotterer suffered the same fate as Mortara, stopping his Renault-powered Techeetah on track, and wound up 12th fastest, half a second slower than Vergne.

Alexander Sims won the battle of the BMW-contracted men as he outpaced newly-resigned Andretti driver Antonio Felix da Costa – Sims was 15th, 0.010s quicker than da Costa, who will hand his car over to DTM race winner Tom Blomqvist tomorrow.

While Turvey was quickest, his new teammate (and Piquet's replacement) Luca Filippi was 18th, two seconds off the pace.

Lotterer's LMP1 teammate Neel Jani was slowest for Dragon Racing, but did not complete a qualifying run.

Pos  Driver  Team  Time  Gap  Laps 
Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 1'18.565   43
Sebastien Buemi Renault 1'18.577 0.012 24
Lucas di Grassi Audi 1'18.579 0.014 38
Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra 1'18.643 0.078 21
Daniel Abt Audi 1'18.697 0.132 39
Jean-Éric Vergne Renault 1'19.016 0.451 30
Mitch Evans Jaguar 1'19.063 0.498 37
Nicolas Prost Renault 1'19.097 0.532 44
Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 1'19.117 0.552 18
10  André Lotterer Renault 1'19.491 0.926 28
11  Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar 1'19.855 1.290 28
12  J.d'Ambrosio Penske 1'19.991 1.426 38
13  Alexander Sims Andretti 1'20.094 1.529 37
14  A.F.da Costa Andretti 1'20.107 1.542 38
15  Sam Bird DS-Virgin 1'20.516 1.951 32
16  Edoardo Mortara Venturi 1'20.712 2.147 15
17  James Rossiter Venturi 1'22.004 3.439 28
18  Alex Lynn DS-Virgin 1'22.093 3.528 48
19  Neel Jani Penske 1'22.329 3.764 40
20  Luca Filippi NextEV NIO 1'23.139 4.574 40
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