Gunther claims fastest time in testing

Maximilian Gunther claimed the fastest lap for BMW as testing came to a close in Valencia today at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Gunther set a lap time of 1:15.087s in the afternoon session which was held directly after a further simulation race that was added to the schedule for Friday’s running.

The afternoon running was slightly extended after multiple red flags were flown for on track stoppages and accidents.

Both GEOX Dragon drivers, Nico Mueller and Brendon Hartley, had off-track excursions, while Stoffel Vandoorne’s Mercedes and Edoardo Mortara’s Venturi had to be recovered from the circuit.

In the morning session, Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein had set the fastest time of the test with a 1m15.190s in the morning.

Wehrlein lap was 0.187s quicker than Robin Frijns’s quickest time from Wednesday’s action and stayed the second-best lap throughout the afternoon running.

GEOX Dragon’s Nico Muller was just 0.008s away from Wehrlein’s best in the morning, while DS Techeetah’s  Antonio Felix da Costa placed fourth overall with a time of 1:15.293s.

BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alexander Sims brought out the only red flag of the morning session after hitting the chicane wall on the main-straight in the final minutes.

Sims suffered right-hand suspension damage in the incident which came on a full 250kW qualifying lap simulation.

The resultant repairs ensured that the car missed the first 12 laps of the second ‘trial race’ which was held at the beginning of the afternoon action.

Buemi wins simulation race

Nissan e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi took victory in the second test race in Valencia. The Season Two Champion came through the field to claim victory.

The Swiss driver finished in front of Andre Lotterer’s Porsche by 1.6s after two Full Course Yellow periods were used to further develop and perfect the new for 2019-20 sporting regulations.

This included a total deduction of 10kw/h from each car as per the new regulation of taking off available energy under the new regulations.

Techeetah had a few issues in the race as Da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne both pitted, Da Costa di emerge from the pits but Vergne remained in the pits for the remainder of the race

Venturi’s Felipe Massa damaged his Venturi while attempting a move on Oliver Rowland for the lead and pitted three laps from the end.

Completing the top three at the end of the 45-minutes and one lap race was Massa’s Venturi teammate Edoardo Mortara.

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