Buemi flies in Punta testing

Sebastien Buemi carried on his strong form in Punta del Este, topping the times in the only mid-season test by over half a second.

The Julius Baer Punta ePrix winner set a new unofficial lap record of 1:13.218s. This was almost two seconds faster than the quickest time from Saturday, which Buemi set in Q4.

Jean-Eric Vergne set the second best time for DS Virgin with a great lap of 1:13.753s. Nico Prost set the third fastest time of 1:13.888s.

Last year Stephane Sarrazin set the pace at the Punta test, and the Venturi driver went well again, setting the fourth fastest time despite an early morning off. Antonio Felix da Costa carried over his strong form from the race to set the fifth fastest time for Aguri.

It was an encouraging test for NEXTEV TCR, which had both its drivers in the top 10. Reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr was sixth quickest and Oliver Turvey was seventh, showing that the gains the team felt had been made ahead of the race maybe bearing fruit.

Loic Duval was eighth fastest for Dragon Racing, Sam Bird ninth for DS Virgin and Oliver Rowland a fine 10th for Mahindra Racing after enduring a tough series debut the previous day.

Formula E resumes on February 6, 2016, for the Buenos Aires ePrix.

Punta del Este in-season testing:
Sebastien BUEMI, Renault e.dams – 1:13.218s
Jean-Eric VERGNE, DS Virgin Racing – 1:13.753s
Nicolas PROST, Renault e.dams – 1:13.888s
Stephane SARRAZIN, Venturi – 1:14.886s
Antonio Felix DA COSTA, Team Aguri – 1:14.949s
Nelson PIQUET JR, NEXTEV TCR – 1:14.990s
Oliver TURVEY, NEXTEV TCR – 1:15.058s
Loic DUVAL, Dragon Racing – 1:15.184s
Sam BIRD, DS Virgin Racing – 1:15.285s
Oliver ROWLAND, Mahindra Racing – 1:15.402s
Bruno SENNA, Mahindra Racing – 1:15.570s
Jerome DÁMBROSIO, Mahindra Racing – 1:15.575s
Robin FRIJNS, Andretti – 1:15.581s
Daniel ABT, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport – 1:15.742s
Simona DE SILVESTRO, Andretti – 1:15.765s
Jacques VILLENEUVE, Venturi – 1:16.366s
Lucas DI GRASSI, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport – 1:16.598s
Nathanael BERTHON, Team Aguri – 1:18.633s
Zhang DASHENG, NEXTEV TCR – 1:23.311s