Envision Virgin Racing’s Nick Cassidy came back fighting after losing his maiden point yesterday, the Kiwi topped the sole practice session setting a 1:40.107, just half a tenth ahead of BMWi Andretti’s Max Guenther in a wet session.
Stoffel Vandoorne ended third more than half a second down, with Sergio Sette Camara a full seven tenths behind the top time. Oliver Rowland was fifth ahead of Jake Dennis in sixth, with Jean Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi rounding out those who were within a second of the top time.
Edoardo Mortara was ninth and Andre Lotterer completed the top ten. Nico Mueller ended 11th and Robin Frijns in twelfth. Alex Lynn, Pascal Wehrlein and new championship leader Sam Bird rounded out the top 15.
Lucas Di Grassi was 16th ahead of reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa, Nyck de Vries ended 18th Norman Nato 19th and Rene Rast in 20th, just over two seconds off Cassidy.
Alexander Sims was 21st, Mitch Evans, 22nd and Tom Blomqvist 23rd, while NIO 333’s Oliver Turvey is still playing catch up from missing out yesterday and was over five seconds off the pace.
With rain continued to be forecasted for qualifying, we could see a mixed up grid for today’s race.