Audi’s Daniel Abt set the pace in a wet final practice session ahead of the Formula E season four finale and the second race in the New York E-Prix double-header.
Finishing one-two in Saturday’s race, Audi enters the final day of the 2017/18 season second in the teams’ championship. The team is five points behind leader Techeetah.
After 15 minutes of the 45-minute session, Audi’s Lucas di Grassi led team-mate Abt at the top of the times. Conditions improved and times reduced as the session reached mid-distance.
Having slipped down the order, Abt vaulted to top spot with 15 minutes remaining by posting a 1m18.699s.
Mitch Evans recorded a time 0.097s adrift. He finished second for Jaguar.
In the final 10 minutes of the session, drivers failed to improve on their previous times, as the rainfall intensified.
Antonio Felix da Costa and Sebastien Buemi had led the session before Abt and Evans’s improvements. The pair finished third and fourth respectively. Buemi briefly ran into the run-off area at the Manhatten hairpin, narrowly avoiding the wall in the opening minutes.
Saturday’s race winner di Grassi ended the session fifth. Stephane Sarrazin was sixth for Andretti.
The Techteetah pairing of Andre Lotterer and the newly crowned season four drivers’ champion Jean-Eric Vergne ended up in seventh and eighth.
Felix Rosenqvist was ninth on the timesheet, but crashed in the final 10 minutes of the session. He locked up in the heavy braking zone at Turn 11, hitting the wall head-on. The nose was significantly damaged, but Rosenqvist – who had led the session after the first runs – was able to return to the pits.
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird also hit the wall during the session. Losing control of his car on entry to the final corner, Bird slapped the outside wall and damaged his rear suspension.
He later returned to the track, but as conditions deteriorated in the closing minutes, Bird was unable to improve on the 180kW time that left him 10th in the session.
Jose Maria Lopez narrowly avoided the wall at Turn 8 after spinning mid-session. Neither he nor his Dragon team-mate Jerome d’Ambrosio recorded full power runs. They finished 16th and 19th respectively.
Ma Qing Hua, who replaces the injured Oliver Turvey at NIO for the final race of the season, propped up the timesheet in 20th.