Formula E in London: Mitch Evans & Jaguar dominate in 3rd Free Practice on Sunday
Saturday's winner Mitch Evans also won the third free practice session of Formula E in London. Behind the Jaguar driver, his teammate Sam Bird lined up. Sebastien Buemi, who attracted negative attention with a curious radio message, Sacha Fenestraz and Nick Cassidy completed the top 5. Besides a few braking mistakes, not much worth mentioning happened in the only practice session on Sunday.
The third Free Practice began with bad news for Nio 333: When the session was already running three minutes, the FIA finally published - 15 hours after the end of the race - the official classification of the previous day's event. In it, Sergio Sette Camara was disqualified and lost fifth place (overview of all penalties). Beyond that, there were no changes in the results - at least bar a still pending appeal from Porsche. For now at least, the focus shifted to what was happening on the track.
Newly crowned champion Jake Dennis outbraked himself in turn 1 and had to turn around in the run-off zone. Nick Cassidy also had to do a u-turn, but in turn 10, where he encountered Edo Mortara, who was planning on doing the same. Max Günther had a similar experience later on. At the top of the timesheet after the first eight minutes were the two Jaguar drivers Mitch Evans and Sam Bird.
Sebastien Buemi, meanwhile, caught the eye with a remarkable radio message: "Great. I'll make it simple for you now: If he wants to play like that, then everyone loses. Okay? Everyone!" Exactly what or who he meant by that - possibly his teammate Cassidy - is unclear. "They're all losing their minds," was the dry assessment of TV co-commentator Dario Franchitti. Towards the halfway point of the session, Buemi set the new fastest time. The order behind him at this point: Bird, Evans, Cassidy, and the two Nissan drivers Norman and Sacha Fenestraz.
Evans sets new track record
Seven minutes from the end, Evans set a new best time. His lap (1:10.152 minutes) was three-tenths of a second faster than Buemi's previous track record (1:10.404 minutes) and should remain the best until the end. In the run-off zone of turn 10, two drivers encountered each other again, this time Cassidy and Robin Frijns. Shortly before, Andre Lotterer had also gone straight ahead there. Two minutes before session ended, another driver off the cameras caused yellow flags in turn 1.
Shortly before the end, numerous drivers lined up once again in the last corner to turn one more fast lap at maximum power. However, there were no more significant improvements, probably also due to a yellow flag at the end of the lap. Evans thus secured the session win ahead of his teammate Bird. Behind the Jaguar duo, Buemi, Fenestraz, Cassidy, Dan Ticktum and Antonio Felix da Costa lined up.
The final qualifying session of the 2023 Formula E season will take place early Sunday afternoon at 13:40 (CEST).