Formula E

Porsches miss Formula E practice after big Wehrlein crash

by Matt Beer
4 min read

The so-far dominant Porsche-powered Formula E quartet all sat out most of opening practice in Hyderabad after a massive crash for championship leader Pascal Wehrlein.

Wehrlein, a double winner in Diriyah last time out, snapped into a high-speed spin approaching the final corner of the Indian street circuit in the early minutes of practice one.

Though his car made heavy contact with the barriers, Wehrlein was able to get out unaided and walk away.

The session resumed after only a seven-minute stoppage.

But the other works Porsche of Antonio Felix da Costa and both Andretti Porsche drivers Jake Dennis and Andre Lotterer all remained in the pits for the rest of the session.

Practice had already been delayed by 50 minutes while “local authorities resolved an operational issue on the roads around the track”, according to the FIA.

Unsubstantiated reports suggested a non-racing vehicle being left on or near the track that could not be moved.

With the track surface clearly dirty and slippery, the session featured a plethora of rally-style slides, including one by McLaren’s Jake Hughes at the Turn 3 hairpin that resembled an attempt at a handbrake turn.

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There was also a collision between Edoardo Mortara and Dan Ticktum at the same spot in which Mortara’s Maserati ran into the back of Ticktum’s NIO 333, mangling the Maserati’s nose section.

Although at first glance Ticktum appeared to be the victim in that one, he said on the radio that he’d need to “apologise” to Mortara as he “just didn’t see him”, suggesting he might have slowed in front of the Maserati.

There was a further complication right at the end of the session as cars lined up for practice starts.

Kelvin van der Linde, standing in for the injured Robin Frijns at Abt Cupra, could not get away from the front of the grid, trapping all those who had lined up behind him and causing traffic confusion as they tried to get across to the other side of the grid.

Van der Linde had been in trouble in the earlier shakedown session too, going straight on into the barriers due to a problem the team is still investigating.

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He rejoined after quick repairs then went off and parked again at the same place, although Abt put that one down to rising battery temperatures – which also appears to have been the cause of him stalling at the end of practice.

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Sebastien Buemi’s Envision Jaguar was fastest by the end of practice one, just ahead of reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne for DS Penske and the NIO 333 of Sergio Sette Camara.

Jaguar’s Sam Bird did the fastest lap running at 300kW power and was fourth overall.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Team Car Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Sébastien Buemi Envision Racing Jaguar I-TYPE 6 1m15.088s
2 Stoffel Vandoorne DS Penske DS E-Tense FE23 +0.181s +0.181s 1m15.269s
3 Sérgio Sette Câmara NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 ER9 +0.183s +0.364s 1m15.452s
4 Sam Bird Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-TYPE 6 +0.16s +0.524s 1m15.612s
5 Lucas Di Grassi Mahindra Racing Mahindra M9Electro +0.035s +0.559s 1m15.647s
6 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-TYPE 6 +0.072s +0.631s 1m15.719s
7 Edoardo Mortara Maserati MSG Racing Maserati Tipo Folgore +0.015s +0.646s 1m15.734s
8 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Penske DS E-Tense FE23 +0.076s +0.722s 1m15.81s
9 Maximilian Günther Maserati MSG Racing Maserati Tipo Folgore +0.095s +0.817s 1m15.905s
10 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing Jaguar I-TYPE 6 +0.131s +0.948s 1m16.036s
11 Daniel Ticktum NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 ER9 +0.008s +0.956s 1m16.044s
12 Norman Nato Nissan Nissan e-4ORCE 04 +0.098s +1.054s 1m16.142s
13 Jake Hughes NEOM McLaren Nissan e-4ORCE 04 +0.38s +1.434s 1m16.522s
14 Nico Müller ABT CUPRA Mahindra M9Electro +0.103s +1.537s 1m16.625s
15 Sacha Fenestraz Nissan Nissan e-4ORCE 04 +0.031s +1.568s 1m16.656s
16 René Rast NEOM McLaren Nissan e-4ORCE 04 +0.041s +1.609s 1m16.697s
17 Kelvin van der Linde ABT CUPRA Mahindra M9Electro +0.051s +1.66s 1m16.748s
18 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing Mahindra M9Electro +0.728s +2.388s 1m17.476s
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