Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport finally showed their hand in Free Practice 2 at Beijing, with Lucas di Grassi leading the way and matching Nicolas Prost’s 200kW form from earlier in the day. Renault e.Dams had a quieter session with Sebastien Buemi aborting his qualifying simulation while both DS Virgins opted not to run in 200kW mode.
The time was a relief Abt Schaeffler Audi who are running considerably more wing than Renault e.Dams given the slightly trimmer French weight package. Stephane Sarrazin enjoyed another strong session finishing up third for Venturi.
A surprise package was Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix Da Costa, who finished up fourth. Despite spinning on his 200kW lap, the Portuguese driver looked to be strong in race and qualifying mode on this track by virtue of the 5 gears available on last year’s power-train.
Nelson Piquet had another troubled session after crashing his first car in Free Practice 1. The Brazilian touched the wall during his full power lap and looked to have damaged his steering slightly in the process. Likewise, Simona De Silvestro had a large moment with the wall on her own fast lap. The incident brought an early end to the session but the Amlin Andretti car appeared to get away with the moment relatively unscathed.
One man who wasn’t so lucky was Jacques Villeneuve, who failed to complete any meaningful laps for Venturi and will face an uphill battle in qualifying.