Formula E

Formula E in Monaco: Evans also sets fastest time in 2nd free practice, Mortara crashes

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz


In the 2nd free practice session for the Monaco E-Prix, Mitch Evans once again set the fastest time. With a lap time of 1:29.521 minutes, he won the dress rehearsal before qualifying ahead of Robin Frijns and Pascal Wehrlein. Taylor Barnard, who had to step in at short notice as a replacement for the injured Sam Bird, finished 22nd and last, while Edoardo Mortara had to end his session prematurely after an accident

The start of the session was delayed by almost five minutes, reasons for the postponement were not communicated. Once again, all 22 drivers took to the track immediately, and Taylor Barnard in the repaired McLaren car was also able to start familiarising himself with the circuit straight away.

The same picture as in free practice 1: The Jaguar drivers set the pace at the start of the session. Mitch Evans led the timesheets after ten minutes ahead of his team-mate Nick Cassidy, while Stoffel Vandoorne in the DS Penske was third fastest. World champion Jake Dennis seemed to have problems: The Brit was the only driver yet to set a meaningful lap time.

Edo Mortara was the first driver to get close to the best time from the first free practice session towards the middle of the session, and Mahindra again looked extremely strong on a fast lap. Things looked bad for Sergio Sette Camara, however: As in the first session of the day, there were again technical problems for the ERT rider, who had to spend large parts of the session in the pits.

Ten minutes before the end of the session, Mortara led ahead of Jake Hughes and Dan Ticktum. Debutant Taylor Barnard was 1.8 seconds behind in penultimate place, with only Sette Camara behind him. Sacha Fenestraz made a braking error on the approach to the harbour chicane and had to drive through the run-off zone once.

Now there were further improvements: Mitch Evans was the first driver to go faster than 1:30 minutes, putting him more than 0.8 seconds ahead of Mortara. Most of the drivers returned to the pits at this point to change their tyres for a final qualifying simulation.

Mortara's accident, Evans with a strong lap

Yellow flag in turn 1: Once again, Edo Mortara drove straight ahead and crashed into the barriers. The promising session was over for the Swiss driver. Sergio Sette Camara returned to the track after a long break for repairs; the mechanics had changed a drive shaft on the ERT car. However, the Brazilian complained on the radio about knocks he felt from the drive.

In the final seconds of the session, Pascal Wehrlein moved up to second place, with Max Günther now in third. However, Frijns was even faster than the two Germans and moved behind Evans. Antonio Felix da Costa in the second Porsche moved ahead of Günther and finished the session in fourth place.

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