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Berlin e-Prix FP2: Günther fastest as Rowland brings out red flag

After 30 minutes of running yesterday evening, the Gen3 Formula E cars took to the track once again for a final 30 minutes of practice ahead of this afternoon’s race.


At his home race in Berlin, Maximilian Günther topped the timesheets in his Maserati MSG, ahead of Nick Cassidy in his Envision Racing car and Jean-Éric Vergne in his DS Penske.


Oliver Rowland went straight into the barrier at the hairpin, not being able to stop his car on time and was unable to continue. The red flag was then flown in order to recover the Mahindra. He was however able to take to the track later in the session but lost a considerable amount of mileage compared to the other drivers.


With just over half the session to go, the cars were back out on track and it was Dan Ticktum leading in his NIO 333 car, but was then replaced at the top of the times by Envision Racing’s Sebastian Buemi.


Jake Dennis then went to the top before Buemi managed to set another fast time to move him back to the top of the leaderboard. The pair were then replaced by Vergne and Sam Bird (Jaguar) and then Günther got involved by going 0.156 seconds faster than anyone.


The session was extended to make up for time lost with the red flag and when the clock ticked under 15 minutes to go, it was Günther and Vergne leading the way, with Stoffel Vandoorne (DS Penske) third.


Robin Frijns had his second spin of the weekend at the corner before the hairpin, where he had a spin in Free Practice One. He was running down in 21st place and was 1.136 seconds behind Günther out front.


António Félix da Costa then moved up to third fastest, 0.172 seconds behind the leader, with the session heading towards its conclusion.


But as the chequered flag was flown, it was a German driver on the top of the leaderboard at his home race in Berlin, with Günther improving on his final lap to move 0.255 seconds in the lead.


Mitch Evans then stopped on track just seconds after the chequered flag came out. He was running down in 10th place and was just over half a second behind the leader.

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