FREE PRACTICE 2: Evans sets pace before qualifying in Tokyo

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FREE PRACTICE 2: Evans sets pace before qualifying in Tokyo

Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans set the fastest time of Free Practice 2, a 1m19.339s, as the grid got to grips with the new Tokyo street circuit ahead of qualifying in a few hours time.

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Still slightly slippery from a downpour yesterday, the Jaguar driver and the team will hope this pace is a sign of things to come as they celebrate their 100th E-Prix

Oliver Rowland managed to finish second in his Nissan, as the team celebrate their home race for the first time in Formula E. Maserati MSG Racing’s Maximilian Guenther slotted into third and both TAG Heuer Porsche cars completed the top five – four different powertrain suppliers in the top four! 

The track was still wet after the huge downpour yesterday morning, with Turn 1 left still being rather slippery with standing water. It’s not an ideal start for the drivers, who will want to be doing flat out laps in preparation for qualifying later this morning, especially with this being Formula E’s first visit to this Tokyo track!

RESULTS: The full FP2 classification from Tokyo

Both Envision Racing’s Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns set the pace early on, with Frijns going quickest overall in Free Practice 1 yesterday. However, timings were soon improved by the likes of Andretti’s Jake Dennis, TAG Heuer Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein and ERT’s Dan Ticktum the top three before a red flag brought a stop to on-track running. 

The red flag was issued eight minutes into the session as ABT CUPRA’s Lucas di Grassi caused a range of debris to litter the track. The Season 3 champion clipped the front of his GEN3 machine as he ran through the chicane near Turn 12, and meant Race Control had to temporarily stop the session to safely clear it away. 

Things got going again quickly, and drivers were keen to get out again and gain as much experience on his 2.585km track. 

Mahindra Racing’s Edoardo Mortara has been looking rapid, with the six-time race winner getting through to the Duels for the first time in São Paulo. He put himself in the first place spot but would eventually finish eighth. His teammate, Season 7 World Champion Nyck de Vries, lost part of his front wing on a lap towards the end of the session, having to pull into the pit lane to have some repairs.

SCHEDULE: Where, when and how to watch or stream the 2024 Tokyo E-Prix Round 5

Qualifying follows at 10:20 local with lights out on Round 4 at 15:00 local/06:00 UTC.

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