Buemi the man to beat in Formula E testing

Sebastien Buemi topped the fourth day of FIA Formula E testing

Sebastien Buemi topped the fourth day of FIA Formula E testing

Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi was once again the man to beat in FIA Formula E as he topped the timesheets in the fourth day of testing at Donington Park.

The e.dams racer blitzed the Leicestershire circuit to post the fastest time since testing began shaving nearly a second off his leading effort from Wednesday’s hit out.

Buemi, who has topped three of the four test days, clocked a 1.31.083s lap which was two tenths of a second quicker than Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas Di Grassi. The Brazilian had led proceedings in the morning session.

“This morning we concentrated on race pace working on putting in lots of laps and finding the best balance with the temperatures of the tyres and battery,” said Buemi.

“We continued to focus on race pace in the afternoon, as well as qualifying runs.

“Credit again has to go to the team for giving me such a good car and the confidence to push and we’ll now see how we can improve for the next one.”

It proved to be a productive day for the 10 Formula E teams as they racked up an impressive 840 laps from the session which was largely focussed on race simulations.

China Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio was third quickest just half a second adrift of Buemi’s time while Scott Speed was fourth as he continued behind the wheel of the second Andretti Autosport entry.

Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was fifth ahead of Daniel Abt in sixth with the top six covered by almost a second.

Former F1 podium finisher Nick Heidfeld, who missed Wednesday’s session, was eighth behind Nicolas Prost.

Jarno Trulli and Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna completed the top 10.

The FIA Formula E Championship will embark upon one more test day at Donington Park on August 19 before the inaugural race at Beijing, China on September 13.

FIA Formula E  Donington Park Test Day 4 Results 

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1:31.083s 44
2 Lucas di Grassi Abt 1:31.282s +0.199s 54
3 Jerome d’Ambrosio China 1:31.651s +0.568s 39
4 Scott Speed Andretti 1:31.810s +0.727s 46
5 Sam Bird Virgin 1:31.895s +0.812s 51
6 Daniel Abt Abt 1:32.080s +0.997s 57
7 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1:32.124s +1.041s 48
8 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1:32.126s +1.043s 78
9 Jarno Trulli Trulli 1:32.479s +1.396s 38
10 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1:32.506s +1.423s 51
11 Franck Montagny Andretti 1:32.512s +1.429s 50
12 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 1:32.583s +1.500s 28
13 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 1:33.019s +1.936s 46
14 Oriol Servia Dragon 1:33.083s +2.000s 46
15 Juan Manuel Lopez China 1:33.425s +2.342s 46
16 Michela Cerruti Trulli 1:33.544s +2.461s 31
17 Mike Conway Dragon 1:33.692s +2.609s 31
18 Katherine Legge Aguri 1:33.778s +2.695s 17
19 Fabio Leimer Aguri 1:38.988s +7.905s 39

 

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