Prost tops final day of Formula E testing

Nicolas Prost

Nicolas Prost

Nicolas Prost set the benchmark in the final day of FIA Formula E pre-season testing at Donington Park which was interrupted by heavy rain.

The e.dams Renault driver posted a 1:30.513s in the morning running before tricky wet conditions prevented an opportunity for the field to topple the Frenchman.

Prost, who was able to successfully test the higher 170kW race mode, ended the day 0.3s quicker than his team-mate Sebastien Buemi, with Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio edging Mahindra’s Bruno Senna to third.

“Last week we were a bit lost but the last two days from my side have been really positive,” said Prost.

“We had a really, really good pace. I’m quite happy but not over-confident as Abt was looking really strong, Sam Bird is looking strong. Reliability for us has been good too.

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“For me and my driving style I think it’s better to have more power. It makes it a lot nicer to drive. 170kW makes it more challenging.”

Prior to the test session Formula E teams and drivers held a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to IndyCar star Justin Wilson, who succumbed to a severe head injury yesterday.

Andretti Autosport, who Wilson joined for the Russian round in June, reverted to their season one power train after encountering issues with its new system.

As a result, latest recruit Simona de Silverstro and Robin Frijns were both able to log a string of lap times.

Frijns finished eighth with de Silvestro 11th fastest, while Trulli GP’s new car completed its first installation lap.

The second Formula E season is due to begin on the streets of Beijing on October 17.

Result: FIUA Formula E Test Day 6, Donington Park

Position Driver Team Time
1 Nicolas Prost e.dams 1:30.513s
2 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 1:30.801s
3 Jerome D’Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:30.860s
4 Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 1:30.869s
5 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 1:30.923s
6 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Virgin Racing 1:30.997s
7 Loic Duval Dragon Racing 1:31.259s
8 Robin Frijns Andretti Autosport 1:31.434s
9 Jacques Villeneuve Venturi 1:31.895s
10 Stefano Coletti Aguri 1:32.573s
11 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 1:33.180s
12 Nelson Piquet Jr China Racing 1:33.679s
13 Daniel Abt Abt Audi Sport 1:34.384s
14 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1:34.384s
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli GP no time


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