Bird quickest in rain affected Formula E test

Sam Bird

Sam Bird

Sam Bird topped the times in the penultimate day of FIA Formula E pre-season testing at Donington Park.

The DS Virgin Racing driver posted a 1:30.451s effort early in the afternoon running before rain intensified shortly after the benchmark time was set at the Leicestershire circuit.

Lucas di Grassi emerged as Bird’s nearest challenger with the Abt driver 0.3s adrift of the Brit, while there was gap of more than half a second back to Dragon Racing’s Loic Duval in third.

Venturi driver and Formula E rookie Jacques Villeneuve was fourth fastest albeit more than a second adrift of Bird.

Jerome D’Ambrosio ended the day in fifth position ahead of Venturi’s Stephane Sarrazin.

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Oliver Turvey completed the most mileage with the Brit logging 54 laps, recording a time good enough for seventh spot.

Issues struck Andretti and Trulli GP squads once again with their cars consigned to the garage for the majority of the session.

Robin Frijns is expected to receive a run when testing continues later today as the Andretti team evaluate the Dutchman.

Result: FIA Formula E Test Day 5, Donington Park

Position Driver Team Time
1 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1m30.451s
2 Lucas di Grassi Abt Audi Sport 1m30.772s
3 Loic Duval Dragon Racing 1m32.022s
4 Jacques Villeneuve Venturi 1m32.154s
5 Jerome D’Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1m33.419s
6 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1m33.569s
7 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1m33.883s
8 Oliver Turvey China Racing 1m34.203s
9 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1m34.501s
10 Nathanael Berthon Team Aguri 1m34.739s
11 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1m34.895s
12 Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 1m35.611s
Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli GP   no time
Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport   no time
Robin Frijns Andretti Autosport   no time

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