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Stephane Sarrazin put in a late time to top the the time sheets in first practice at the London ePrix.
The Venturi driver set a 1:26.450 meaning he was half a second quicker than his nearest rival Sam Bird in the Virgin Racing car.
Sarrazin and Bird were both considerably faster than third place man Lucas di Grassi who was 2.5 seconds off the pace.
However, Di Grassi was the quickest of the championship contenders in third place. The Brazilian was half a second quicker than fellow countryman and championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr.
Piquet Jr had lead for the majority of the session before being pushed down to 6th in the standings behind Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Abt.
The e-Dams pair of Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost, who both have outside chances of clinching the championship set respectable times to finish eighth and tenth.
The first session round the Battersea track wasn’t with out incident. Jerome D’ambrosio’s Dragon Racing car stopped out on track with 15 minutes to go causing the only red flag of the session.
Other drivers who looked to be struggling with the tight and twisty track were debutants Oliver Turvey and Simona de Silvestro, both dislodging bollards during the session
Despite struggling, Turvey and de Silvestro were able to set respectable times to finish 11th and 14th, compared to Sakon Yamamoto and Alex Fontana who struggled on their debut, filling the bottom two spots on time sheet.