Mitch Evans and Jaguar sent an early warning shot out to their Formula E rivals by topping practice in Hong Kong on Saturday morning ahead of the season-opening E-Prix later today.

Jaguar finished its first Formula E season last in the teams' championship, but appears to have made significant progress over the summer break after an impressive showing through the opening practice sessions of the year.

Evans led Jaguar to the top of the timesheets through practice with a fastest lap time of 1:02.875, using all 200kW of power permitted in Formula E to beat Audi's Daniel Abt by more than two-tenths of a second.

"The car's felt pretty good since FP1," Evans said. "My first run in FP2 wasn't so great, I got some traffic. I got it together for the second run.

"The car seems to be working well. We just need it to continue into qualifying and obviously into the race. I'm feeling good, but we can only take so much from practice. It's qualifying where it counts."

Defending drivers' champion Lucas di Grassi ended practice third-fastest, having got his full power lap in early, while Oliver Turvey took P4 for NIO ahead of Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld, with just half a second separating four teams in the top five positions.

Renault e.dams' Sebastien Buemi had a mixed practice, topping FP1 with a time good enough for P5 overall in the combined timesheets, but failed to get in a fast lap in FP2 after a rear lock-up sent him into the barrier at Turn 1.

Buemi was not the only driver to hit trouble, with Mahindra's Felix Rosenqvist nudging the wall to sustain damage to the right-front wheel on his car, while newcomers Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani both pushed too hard trying to find the limits of their cars, leaving their teams with repair work to complete.



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