Formula E | São Paulo E-prix | FP2: Da Costa ahead of Guenther and Nato

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Second free practice session in Brazil seen the Portuguese driver ahead of Maserati MSG Racing and Nissan Formula E drivers.

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Track temperature for the second practise session was of 27°C, and all drivers went out as soon as they could in order to familiarise more with the new track, on the calendar for the first time in the history of the sport.

Nico Muller set the first timed lap in 1:17.365, with Rene Rast immediately improving it and Nick Cassidy holding the best lap time after the first round of attempts in 1:13.192.

Di Grassi locked up at the end of the first straight for what seems to be a recurrent theme after yesterday’s FP1, going wide off track.

Pascal Wehrlein is still the championship leader with 80 points to his name, in spite of not scoring in the past Cape Town round. Today in Brasil he appears to be struggling less, as he’s momentarily sitting in the top ten.

At the halfway point of the session, hometown hero Lucas Di Grassi is leading the session in his Mahindra, with a 1:12:203

Returning Robin Frijns’s latest timed attempt leaves him still more than two seconds off the best time. Unfortunately he appears to be needing a bit more time to catch up wih the rest of the grid and get used to the new Gen3 cars, after missing out on the previous rounds due to a wrist injury.

Best lap time which is momentarily held by Norman Nato in 1:11.762. Nissan is looking rather impressive on the fast lap times once again, just like in the last round when Sacha Fenestraz scoring his first Formula E pole. Today is his teammate’s time to shine, but all Nissan and McLaren drivers are in the top ten.

With ten minutes to go, Maserati’s Maxi Guenther improved Nato’s leading time by a single thousand of a second. Will Sao Paulo be the race where he finally scores his first points of the season?

Reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne slots in P6 after his mistake yesterday, but the biggest final improvement of the day is offered by the Porsche drivers, also taking advantage of the increasing track temperature.

Cape Town Eprix winner Antonio Felix Da Costa gets the lead at the end of the session, with a 1:11.496, while Wehrlein slots in P4.