Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans began their 2021/2022 Formula E preseason with intent, finishing fourth and sixth on day one of testing.
Cassidy’s best lap of the Valencia circuit was a touch under two-tenths slower than pacesetter and Envision Virgin teammate Robin Frijns.
Between Frijns and Cassidy were DS Techeetah duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa.
Evans was the lead Jaguar car in sixth, less than three-tenths behind Frijns.
Reliability was a key talking point over the day, with no one suffering any major mechanical issues.
The day was red-flagged only once to recover a stricken road cone.
This season’s field of rookies is shaping to be one of the more intriguing of recent years.
Ex-IndyCar racer Oliver Askew was the quickest debutant, edging out Dan Ticktum and Antonio Giovinazzi.
A simulated qualifying session was held during the day to introduce drivers to the new system.
The new system has two groups of 11 drivers, each with one car from each team attempting to be one of the four quickest cars.
The fastest four of each group go head-to-head in a knockout format until the fastest car is determined.
Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara topped the session, beating Lucas di Grassi in the final duel.