Sims, Andretti BMW lead opening day of Formula E testing

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Sims, Andretti BMW lead opening day of Formula E testing

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Sims, Andretti BMW lead opening day of Formula E testing

In his first Formula E outing, BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s rookie driver Alexander Sims set the pace on the opening day of pre-season testing for the ABB Formula E Championship with a lap of 1m17.553s (115.5mph) around the 2.49-mile Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Briton Sims led both sessions, the first official runs for the new generation Formula E car, and was a full second quicker than last year’s fastest lap time in testing.

Coming in second fastest of the day was DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer with a time of 1m17.654s behind the wheel of the DS E-Tense FE19, followed by BMW’s Antonio Felix da Costa at 1m17.734s, set in the morning session.

After a trouble-free morning, HWA RACELAB’s Rookie driver Gary Paffett had a brief excursion with the barrier at the chicane on the start/finish line. With the session temporarily halted while Paffett’s car was recovered, the British driver returned to the pits with only scuffs and scratches to the bodywork.

Rookie Max Gunther, driving for Geox Dragon, had technical issues in the morning, which brought his session to an early end while Venturi’s Felipe Massa rounded off the top 10 of the day, with a 1m18.176s.

Testing continues tomorrow.

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