FP3: Maserati MSG Racing's Guenther goes quickest again

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FP3: Maserati MSG Racing's Guenther goes quickest again

After a busy day of track action yesterday, Formula E returned to the Ancol Beach Circuit in Jakarta for the third and final Free Practice session of the weekend. Once again, Maserati MSG Racing's Maximilian Guenther went quickest, meaning he topped every practice session over the three days in Indonesia - he's clearly quick over a lap.

Maximilian Gunther tops Free Practice 3 in Jakarta

Guenther's impressive lap, a 1m07.552s, was the quickest time of the weekend so far. He was also over three-tenths faster than Avalanche Andretti's Jake Dennis, who finished second, with Edoardo Mortara making it two Maseratis in the top three. Nissan's Sacha Fenestraz ended the 30-minute session in fourth, with Jaguar TCS Racing's Sam Bird fifth. The Brit will be hoping to have a better day than yesterday when a mistake meant he wiped his teammate, Mitch Evans, out of the race in Round 10. 

RESULTS: The full FP3 classification

Track conditions were again dusty but cleared up as the 22 drivers took to the circuit to get more important laps in. Despite everyone having experienced two practice sessions, qualifying, and the E-Prix at this same venue only a day ago, there is still plenty to prepare for. Today's Gulavit Jakarta E-Prix Round 11 will see an extra two laps added, creating a whole different strategy and energy management plan for those involved. 


DS PENSKE's Jean-Eric Vergne led the pack early on, with a lap time of 1m08.382s keeping him at the top of the timesheets for the first 10 minutes. DS Performance is celebrating its 100th Formula E race today with a special livery over the double header to mark the occasion. 

As track evolution improved, several drivers were able to lock in quicker times than Vergne, including Dennis, who finished second in Saturday's E-Prix. Nissan's Sacha Fenestraz became the first pilot to make it into the 1m07s this session, clocking the weekend's fastest lap so far. 

However, it was a case of deja vu as Maximilian Guenther once again put himself in that first-place slot with eight minutes of FP3 left. He would stay there, finishing the session quickest, meaning the German topped all the Free Practice sessions this weekend, in addition to achieving his maiden Julius Baer Pole Position and securing third place in the E-Prix. 

Once the session was complete, both NIO 333s found themselves in the top 10, an accomplishment that only Maserati and Nissan managed to do. Championship leader Nick Cassidy finished down in 17th, and yesterday's race winner, Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche), ended up in sixth.