BMW’s Guenther tops FE Valencia testing as Buemi wins ‘race’


BMW’s Maximilian Guenther set the fastest time of the week to top the abortive final session of Formula E testing at Valencia, as Sebastian Buemi ‘won’ the simulated race.

Setting a 1m15.087s lap just after the second hour of running, Guenther beat Pascal Wehrlein’s time from the morning by a tenth.

Guenther then brought an end to the final session by stopping on the exit of the opening chicane with five minutes remaining, after which the session was not restarted.

Track action was sparse immediately after the earlier ‘test race’, but the teams took the opportunity to complete their run plans in the final stages of the afternoon.

An oft-interrupted final hour was then extended after numerous red flag periods with Dragon’s Brendon Hartley triggering the first with 45 minutes remaining after delving into the gravel at the beginning of the second sector.

The second stoppage was courtesy of Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who had an accident on the exit of the chicane and ripped off his front-left wheel fairing – prompting a 15 minute extension to the session.

Nico Muller was next to get the chicane wrong, hitting the wall at the exit to prematurely end his week of testing and complete Dragon’s week on a sour note.

Guenther’s stoppage then truncated the session, offering nobody else the opportunity to better his time.

Mitch Evans was second fastest in the afternoon session and bettered his time from the morning by 0.06s to go fifth in the day’s cumulative standings.

Morning pace-setter Wehrlein was second in the overall standings, remaining ahead of Muller and Da Costa.