Andretti tops Ocean X-Prix shakedown from Rosberg X Racing

Lap times aren't all representative however with several drivers practicing their starts

Catie Munnings (GBR), Timmy Hansen (SWE), Andretti United Extreme E

Andretti United ended practice for the Ocean X-Prix atop of the times, beating Extreme E points leaders Rosberg X Racing to the top spot.

Timmy Hansen was only third fastest among the lap one runners while Catie Munnings was fifth among the lap two cohort, but it was their cumulative time that bettered everyone else.

Their combined run of 11 minutes 29.863 seconds was 1.716s quicker than Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor, while X44 duo Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez were a further nine tenths back.

However with only one true practice lap per driver before qualifying on Saturday, teams opted to make the most of practice to perform additional testing, particularly with the starts. As such, a number of lap times weren’t entirely representative.

Sebastien Loeb (FRA), X44

Loeb for example was the second fastest driver on lap one, but with him opting to make a practice start ahead of his run, his sector one time – and as a result overall lap time – was hindered, although the team was pacesetters for the first half of the session.

It was a similar story for Chip Ganassi Racing, which ended the day fourth overall despite Kyle LeDuc going fastest overall in sectors two and three and fastest of all the lap two runners. He performed two practice starts at the beginning of his lap.

Acciona Sainz, one of only three teams along with Ganassi and Veloce Racing to send their female driver out first, completed the top five. Carlos Sainz did however battle a stuck throttle during his run; an issue that was soon rectified upon the return to the paddock.

Laia Sanz/Carlos Sainz (ESP), Acciona | Sainz XE Team

JBXE, which has Kevin Hansen deputising for team boss Jenson Button this weekend, was sixth overall, one spot above Veloce Racing, which completed its first full session of the season after crashing out of the opening qualifying round in Saudi Arabia.

Despite Mattias Ekström setting the fastest single lap time during the session, Abt Cupra could only manage eighth overall, while the Xite Energy Racing pairing of Oliver Bennett and Christine Giampaoli Zonca rounded out the field.