Lucas di Grassi topped the sheets at the end of the second pre-season test. His lap time of 1:29.920 was the fastest Formula E time yet at Donington, comfortably beating the time Buemi set last week for the Renault e.Dams team. Buemi finished second with a time of 1:30.670 with Bruno Senna finishing the day in third place…
‘It felt like a quick lap when I was in the car’, said Di Grassi after the session. ‘We were at maximum power – in the end you need to push hard to see how the car is behaving in terms of traction and braking. We’re very happy with the performance but the advantage that you see between us and the others will be very different in Beijing’.
Pressed on whether there was more time to find within the current package, Di Grassi believed that there was more speed within the package however the focus would be on prioritising speed and set-up for Beijing.
‘There is always more time to find. In Donington there is maybe a lot more to find but it’s not important to be quick here; we need to focus on getting in right for Beijing because it’s very different’.
Sébastian Buemi believed that the gap between the two drivers was not reflective of true pace of both cars. ‘It depends on the circuit conditions. If you look at my sector times today they look the same, it’s just a matter of putting them together. We lost less than a tenth in the last sector and we are similar in the first and second sector. We got blocked a little bit on my second attempt and a few things went wrong, but I think that it’s doable’.
Whereas Monday was relatively quiet on track, Tuesday proved to be much busier, with Jérôme D’Ambrosio topping the lap chart with 39 laps. There was unfortunately more frustration for Simona De Silverstro and the Amlin-Andretti Formula E team; they completed just 7 laps throughout the day after struggling with numerous technical issues. With just two days of pre-season testing to go, the team will have to work flat out to get their powertrain running for next week, otherwise they may be forced to use last year’s unit.
Team Trulli once again failed to show up, raising further questions about the team’s future and commitment.