Formula E

Aston F1 reserve Drugovich tops Formula E rookie test

by Sam Smith
3 min read

Aston Martin Formula 1 reserve driver Felipe Drugovich set the quickest time of the day in a Maserati MSG entry at the first Formula E rookie test to be held since March 2020.

Conditions at Berlin Tempelhof were different from the sunny morning running to a predominantly windier afternoon session, with a brief shower hitting the track prior to the later three-hour session.

However, once it dried laptimes improved through the final hour, with Ferrari F1 tester Robert Shwartzman initially setting the benchmark before Red Bull junior Zane Maloney claimed a 1m05.619s lap on the full 350kW power mode.

Alpine protege Victor Martins then stopped the clocks in a brief first place, before Drugovich’s 1m05.509s best eclipsed all those previous markers.

“I enjoyed it and I think it surpassed expectations, especially coming from Formula 2, and F1 cars,” Drugovich told The Race.

Felipe Drugovich Maserati Formula E rookie test

“It was maybe a bit weird to start with and I didn’t know if the cars were going to be enjoyable to drive.

“But it’s actually very fun to drive so I enjoyed that, also everyone knows that the category is very competitive, the teams are very professional, so that also surpassed my expectations. Everything is impressive and I’m enjoying it.”

Sheldon van der Linde had headed the slightly slower morning session, peaking on a 1m05.814s, 0.073s clear of Nissan’s official sim driver Luca Ghiotto.

Van der Linde’s afternoon session ended when he went off at Turn 6 and damaged the front of the Jaguar I-Type normally driven by Sam Bird. He returned to the track for the last five minutes of the afternoon session.

Jehan Daruvala took the sixth-fastest time of the day, like Van der Linde setting his best in the morning running.

Shwartzman in one of the two DS Penske cars placed seventh ahead of Luke Browning (McLaren), David Beckmann (Porsche) and F1 podium finisher Daniil Kvyat in one of the two NIO 333 cars.

Daniil Kvyat NIO 333 Formula E rookie test

Envision had its test slightly compromised due to an inspection of Sebastien Buemi’s chassis after damage inflicted in Sunday’s Berlin E-Prix when he was hit by Jake Dennis’ Andretti Porsche.

That meant Johnny Edgar had to sit out the morning session as Jack Aitken took the reins, with the ex-Williams F1 driver setting a 1m06.878s lap which placed him 17th in the three hours of morning running. Edgar was then 20th in the afternoon.

Of Aitken’s fellow ex-F1 drivers, Will Stevens was 14th in a row, with Roberto Merhi 18th.

Combined times

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Drugovich Maserati 1:05.509 99
2 Victor Martins Nissan 1:05.610 0.101 101
3 Zane Maloney Andretti 1:05.619 0.110 96
4 Luca Ghiotto Nissan 1:05.780 0.271 97
5 Sheldon van der Linde Jaguar 1:05.814 0.305 90
6 Jehan Daruvala Mahindra 1:05.922 0.413 112
7 Robert Shwartzman DS Penske 1:05.923 0.414 112
8 Luke Browning McLaren 1:05.944 0.435 98
9 David Beckmann Porsche 1:05.996 0.487 56
10 Daniil Kvyat NIO 333 1:06.012 0.503 95
11 Yifei Ye Porsche 1:06.053 0.544 58
12 Tim Tramnitz Abt Cupra 1:06.090 0.581 93
13 Mikel Azcona NIO 333 1:06.155 0.646 98
14 Will Stevens DS Penske 1:06.175 0.666 105
15 Linus Lundqvist Andretti 1:06.245 0.736 98
16 Hugh Barter Maserati 1:06.310 0.801 98
17 Adrien Tambay Abt Cupra 1:06.352 0.843 98
18 Roberto Merhi Mahindra 1:06.386 0.877 55
19 Charlie Eastwood McLaren 1:06.454 0.945 98
20 Jordan King Mahindra 1:06.525 1.016 61
21 Jack Aitken Envision 1:06.878 1.369 51
22 Simon Evans Jaguar 1:07.147 1.638 103
23 Jonny Edgar Envision 1:07.172 1.663 11
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