Oliver Turvey set the pace during the first day of official Formula E pre-season testing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. The NIO Formula E driver was 0.012s faster than Sebastian Buemi with the Renault e.dams. Reigning champion Lucas di Grassi was just 0.002s behind Buemi.

The red flag was waived two times. Sam Bird and James Rossiter got in trouble in with the temporary chicane that was added on the start/finish line. The organisation will add a second chicane to improve safety as the drivers approached the object at high speed.

The sessions were also interrupted due to reliability issues of Andre Lotterer and Edoardo Mortara. Jean-Eric Vergne spun late in the afternoon.

DS Virgin Racing’s Alex Lynn completed the most laps with a total of 48, while his teammate Sam Bird topped the morning session with a time of 1m18.669s.

Combined classification – Day 1 – Valencia Pre-Season Test
1   Oliver Turvey, NIO Formula E team, 1:18.565
2   Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams, 1:18.577
3   Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, 1:18.579
4   Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, 1:18.643
5   Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, 1:18.669
6   Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, 1:18.697
7   Alex Lynn, DS Virgin Racing, 1:18.957
8   Jean Eric Vergne, TECHEETAH, 1:19.016
9   Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing,  1:19.063
10   Nicolas Prost, Renault e.Dams, 1:19.097
11   Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, 1:19.117
12   Andre Lotterer, TECHEETAH, 1:19.491
13   Nelson Piquet Jr., Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 1:19.627
14   Jerome D’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing, 1:19.991
15   Alexander Sims, Andretti Formula E, 1:20.094
16   Antonio Felix Da Costa, Andretti Formula E, 1:20.107
17   James Rossiter, Venturi Formula E Team, 1:20.159
18   Luca Filippi, NIO Formula E team, 1:20.642
19   Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Formula E Team, 1:20.712
20   Neel Jani, Dragon Racing, 1:22.329

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