New York E-Prix: Rowland fastest in Saturday practice

Tom Errington
Motorsport

Rowland completed his best lap in 1m09.695s after the checkered flag had flown to depose BMW Andretti's Antonio Felix da Costa from the top spot.

That late lap prevented BMW completing a clean sweep of Saturday practice sessions after da Costa's teammate Alexander Sims had topped the earlier running with a 1m09.959s effort. 

Rowland's Nissan teammate Sebastien Buemi set a late time to go third in the second session ahead of Sims and Robin Frijns, the Envision Virgin Racing driver setting his best lap in the final moments of the running.

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Frijns's best lap put him ahead of fellow late improver Pascal Wehrlein, who placed sixth for Mahindra Racing ahead of Virgin's Sam Bird. 

Wehrlein's teammate Jerome d'Ambrosio was eighth with Felipe Massa (Venturi) ninth and Mitch Evans (Jaguar) in 10th. 

The two main title contenders in championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi's Lucas di Grassi finished the second practice session in 16th and 17th respectively. Vergne had been fourth in the first session, while di Grassi was just 12th. 

DS Techeetah driver Vergne heads into Saturday's qualifying session with a 32-point buffer over Di Grassi with 58 points to play for across the weekend.

The practice running ran largely without incident, although drivers such as Vergne and HWA's Stoffel Vandoorne brushed the wall on full-power laps. 

Vergne also overshot the Turn 11 right-hander under braking but continued without incident and the slow left-handed Turn 6 approach caught several other drivers out during practice.

FP2 report:

1

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

1'09.695

2

28

Portugal
Portugal

Antonio Felix da Costa

Andretti Autosport

1'09.778

0.083

3

23

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

1'09.836

0.141

4

27

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alexander Sims

Andretti Autosport

1'09.899

0.204

5

4

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Virgin Racing

1'10.083

0.388

6

94

Germany
Germany

Pascal Wehrlein

Mahindra Racing

1'10.149

0.454

7

2

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Bird

Virgin Racing

1'10.198

0.503

8

64

Belgium
Belgium

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

Mahindra Racing

1'10.284

0.589

9

19

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Massa

Venturi

1'10.460

0.765

10

20

New Zealand
New Zealand

Mitch Evans

Jaguar Racing

1'10.510

0.815

11

48

Switzerland
Switzerland

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

1'10.619

0.924

12

8

France
France

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

1'10.683

0.988

13

7

Argentina
Argentina

Jose Maria Lopez

Dragon Racing

1'10.737

1.042

14

66

Germany
Germany

Daniel Abt

Team Abt

1'10.817

1.122

15

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Gary Paffett

HWA AG

1'10.867

1.172

16

11

Brazil
Brazil

Lucas di Grassi

Team Abt

1'11.014

1.319

17

25

France
France

Jean-Eric Vergne

Techeetah

1'11.230

1.535

18

6

Germany
Germany

Maximilian Gunther

Dragon Racing

1'11.269

1.574

19

16

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

1'11.409

1.714

20

36

Germany
Germany

Andre Lotterer

Techeetah

1'11.445

1.750

21

5

Belgium
Belgium

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA AG

1'11.468

1.773

22

3

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alex Lynn

Jaguar Racing

1'11.792

2.097

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