São Paulo E-Prix | Sam Bird leads disrupted final practice; Evans and Mortara hit problems

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Cars are out and about on the São Paulo track for the second practice session of this weekend’s E-Prix. Given the track evolution observed in yesterday evening’s session, it’s anticipated that there will be faster times recorded in this morning’s session. Temperatures will play a part as well when it comes to managing tyres.

Very early in the session, Evans informed his team through the radio that he suspected a front driveshaft issue. “The wheel keeps kicking back, so I don’t know what it could be, it’s either a wishbone or drive shaft at the front of the front powertrain.” Evans’ fastest lap from FP1 was 1m12.555s, which is a significant improvement on the pole time from last year, beating that time by two-tenths.

Wehrlein, who was the fifth quickest in FP1 was at the top of the timesheets for the first quarter of FP2. Nato’s 1m13.137s lap was beaten by Wehrlein’s new benchmark of a 1m13s flat.

As the track conditions improved, it was then topped by the reigning champion Jake Dennis and his lap of 1m12.943s.

Mahindra driver Edoardo Mortara ran on at the chicane that got him stuck on the exit of Turn 3. He was unable to continue the session, causing FP2 to be red flagged.

After a brief pause in the session, drivers were able to get a final flying lap with under a minute left. Evans joined the grid for the final lap as his Jaguar team was able to check the systems and make sure the car was alright after the start of FP2 which caused his session to be disrupted.

Looking at the fastest sectors, Evans kept it quick in Sectors 1 and 3, while Cassidy was the fastest in the middle sector.

Maximilian Günther, who had good pace in FP2, will start the race with a 20-place grid drop as the gearbox is changed in his Maserati.

With the session ending, Sam Bird topped the charts at the last practice session in São Paulo with the quickest time of 1m12.773s. Stoffel Vandoorne and Oliver Rowland completed the top 3, with reigning champion Jake Dennis in P4.