2017 Hong Kong ePrix Live Stream Watch online, 2017 HKT Hong Kong ePrix preview & live stream, Hong Kong ePrix: Evans leads practice as Buemi hits the wall.
Equipped with the new Renault Z.E.17, drivers Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost face possibly their sternest test yet in their defence for the colours of the French squad.
The season debuts as per last season at one of the most exciting and spectacular tracks on the calendar. Cars will be racing on a 1,860km track located in Hong Kong’s Central Harbour front area, where the 10-turn narrow circuit with two tight hairpins should provide great overtaking opportunities.
Pre-season testing in Valencia proved to be particularly closely matched, on both pace and energy management, so the challenge to make it four-in-a-row Teams’ titles will be an exceptionally tall order.
After finishing its debut FE season last of the 10 teams in the championship, Jaguar predicted a significant step forward for the coming campaign.
Evans fired an early indicator of its progress with the second-fastest time in opening practice, albeit 0.466s off Sebastien Buemi’s pace in a session that featured few full-power efforts.
In FP2, Evans improved considerably as the chequered flag dropped in his I-type 2 to post a 1m02.875s – the only driver to dip below the 1m13s barrier.
Reigning FE champion Lucas di Grassi threatened to topple Evans immediately with a new fastest first sector, but backed off in the second sector.
Di Grassi’s Audi Sport Abt teammate Daniel Abt grabbed second at the last moment, dumping the Brazilian to third, with Oliver Turvey (NIO) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra) completing the top five within half a second of Evans.
FP1 pacesetter Buemi did not set a 200kW lap in the second session after locking up at the Turn 6 hairpin and hitting the wall.