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Buemi tops first-ever Formula E test

Sebastien Buemi puts the e.dams Renault team on top of the timesheets following the first day of testing for the new Formula E Championship.
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Former F1 driver Sebastien Buemi had the honour of topping the first-ever FIA Formula E Championship test at Donington Park as all twenty Spark Renault SRT-01E chassis ran in anger for the first time.

The Swiss driver, competing for the Renault-backed e.dams team, hit the front with an hour of the afternoon session to go, his lap of 1min 35.475secs standing firm to the chequered to head off fellow World Endurance Championship racer Lucas di Grassi.

The Brazilian, who has led much of the development for the electricity powered car over the last twelve months, was half a second adrift of Buemi, but led an otherwise closely matched field at the end of a test day that comprised of two four hour sessions around a Donington Park circuit modified in places with temporary chicanes to simulate a tighter street circuit.

Behind them, Virgin Racing's Sam Bird, Mahindra's Bruno Senna and Venturi's Stephane Sarrazin not only made it all-sportscar drivers inside the top five, but also ensured five different teams made up the leading positions.

Buemi's team-mate Nicholas Prost was sixth fastest, ahead of Jarno Trulli, Daniel Abt – who was fastest in the morning before skipping the afternoon session due to GP2 commitments at Silverstone -and Jaime Alguersuari, while Karun Chandhok completed the top ten.

With 16 of the 20 drivers now confirmed now, Jerome d'Ambrosio and Antonio Garcia were on course for China Racing, while Oriol Servia drove the Dragon Racing entry and Scott Speed and Gil de Ferran shared the available Andretti Autosport car.

Tagged as: Renault , Sébastien Buemi

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