Buemi tops day 3 of Formula E testing, Chandhok 12th fastest

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014, 15:48 PM IST

Leicestershire, UK: E.Dams-Renault`s Sebastien Buemi topped the timesheets for a second time at Donington Park during the third day of pre-season testing for the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship.

Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok, driving for the only Indian team on the grid - Mahindra Racing - set the seventh and 12th fastest times, respectively.

In dry conditions yesterday, the 25-year-old Buemi posted a 1:31.910s early in the afternoon session using the full GP circuit - narrowly beating Lucas di Grassi`s best time from last week`s two-day test with the Abt driver ending the day third overall. Ex-Formula 1 driver Jerome d`Ambrosio finished second with the Belgian taking advantage of being able to test both China Racing cars.

"Today has been good and very productive but it`s not about trying to set the fastest time, it`s about getting a better understanding of the car and the different mapping settings," said Buemi.

By the halfway point it was Di Grassi who led the way before Buemi lowered the benchmark beating his previous best lap by over a second and ending the day the only driver to break into the 1:31s. Venturi`s Stephane Sarrazin, also using two cars due to an absent Nick Heidfeld, finished fourth ahead of Virgin Racing`s Jaime Alguersuari who only ran in the afternoon stint with team-mate Sam Bird finishing eighth from his morning run.

Nicolas Prost (e.Dams-Renault) and Mahindra`s Senna finished sixth and seventh respectively with Audi Sport Abt`s Daniel Abt and Jarno Trulli (Trulli) rounding out the top 10.

Trulli`s team-mate Michela Cerruti also enjoyed positive running to finish 13th.

Day 3 test (combined times): 1. Sebastien Buemi, e.Dams-Renault, 1:31.910s, 2. Jerome d`Ambrosio, China Racing, 1:32.035s, 3. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT, 1:32.260s, 4. Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi, 1:32.462s, 5. Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing, 1:32.495s, 6. Nicolas Prost, e.Dams-Renault, 1:32.671s, 7. Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, 1:32.809s, 8. Sam Bird, Virgin Racing, 1:32.858s, 9. Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT, 1:32.875, 10. Jarno Trulli, Trulli, 1:33.165s, 11. Oriol Servia, Dragon Racing, 1:33.844s, 12. Karun Chandhok, Mahindra Racing, 1:34.249s, 13. Michela Cerruti, Trulli, 1:34.538s, 14. Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport, 1:34.871s, 15. Mike Conway, Dragon Racing, 1:35.643s, 16. Katherine Legge, Amlin Aguri, 1:35.936s, 17. Fabio Leimer, Amlin Aguri, 1:36.184s,18. Franck Montagny, Andretti Autosport, 1:39.568s.