After a day of testing marred by Tuesday’s incident, Monaco Increase Management (MIM) driver Pascal Wehrlein, representing Porsche, wrapped up the second day of testing in fifth place with a time of 1:25.004.
The Formula E preseason took place this week at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Cheste, Valencia, Spain. These tests were overshadowed by a battery fire, specifically the one used by Robert Schwartzman’s DS Penske, in Williams’ garage (the battery supplier). This unfortunate incident resulted in a thick smoke that necessitated an immediate evacuation of the facilities.
The following day, on Wednesday, parallel efforts were made to clean the circuit’s facilities and conduct an investigation. This investigation concluded with the FIA giving the green light to resume activities on Thursday afternoon. The tests concluded today with a promising result for the Mauritian-German driver, who finished fifth with a time of 1:25.004.
The fastest on the track on the second day of testing was Jaguar’s Mitch Evans, who clocked a time of 1:24.791, followed by Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa, Wehrlein’s Porsche teammate, with a time of 1:24.791. Third place went to Edoardo Mortara (Mahindra), who led a significant portion of the session, just a tenth of a second behind Evans.
Wehrlein, representing MIM, secured the fifth position, after causing the only red flag of the day when his car came to a halt at the newly revamped turn six of the Cheste circuit. The circuit layout had been modified once again to accommodate these tests.
The final practice sessions before the start of the season will take place on Friday afternoon, setting the stage for Formula E Season 10, commencing in January in Mexico. In this upcoming season, Pascal Wehrlein will once again team up with Antonio Felix da Costa as part of the Porsche driver lineup.