Nick Cassidy kept Jaguar on top on Day 3 of Formula E test in Valencia by just 0.041s over Maximilian Guenther.
The Jaguar TCS Racing driver set a 1m24.617s to go quickest of all on Friday at Circuit Ricardo Tormo – and 1.5 seconds faster than the best time we saw at testing ahead of Season 9, the inaugural GEN3 campaign.
His late lap saw him pip longstanding timesheet-topping teammate Mitch Evans to the post, thrwarting his countryman’s pitch to seal a clean sweep in Valencia, having set the pace in both of the prior sessions’ running. Evans would end up third on the day.
Cassidy’s time wasn’t the best we’d seen this week, though, with Evans managing better in the opening session by a couple of tenths of a second. Maximilian Guenther had been quickest in three of the last four tests in the Spanish city and the Maserati MSG Racing driver had set the pace last year.
This time, he rounded out the third and final session in second spot between the Jaguars – 0.041 seconds back from Cassidy’s pace. Reigning champion Jake Dennis stuck the #1 Andretti into ninth spot come the chequered flag.
Robin Frijns on his Envision Racing return finished fourth, Pascal Wehrlein in the TAG Heuer Porsche fifth and Norman Nato, on debut for Andretti this week, rounded out the top six. Incredibly, all 21 runners on the day were split by just 0.7 seconds and a little over half a second separated the top 19 runners.
Here’s what happened on Day 1
Here’s what happened on Day 2
[Note: The story is as per press release]