Felix Rosenqvist takes his second victory of the season in ABB FIA Formula E championship at Marrakesh ePrix. The Swede beat Sébastien Buemi who dominated the whole race to finish second. Sam Bird completes the podium.
Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) started from pole position for the first time this season. The Swiss driver maintained the top spot at the start of the race ahead of Sam Bird (DS Virgin) and Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing).
Meanwhile battling for 6th position another poor day started for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team, who saw how Daniel Abt was penalized because of a crash with Alex Lynn (DS Virgin), and later on lap 7 saw how reigning champion, Lucas Di Grassi was out of the race due to technical issues when he was running in fourth position. A bad day for the German squad who have got the Fan Boost for both of their drivers.
In trouble, also was André Lotterer (Techetaah) who had to retire for technical issues, and thus cause a full-course-yellow (FCY), which was used by drivers to made the mandatory car change. But before the pit stops movement, Rosenqvist was up to second place thanks to gearbox problems from Sam Bird. The Swede, with 4 laps to go managed to take the lead of the race, and take his second win of the season and step up to the lead of drivers’ championship.
It was Nelson Piquet (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) who finished in fourth after a great performance in a race without troubles. The Season 1 champion managed to set the fastest lap of the race and get those extra value points at home.
Behind the Brazilian Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) finished fifth, ahead of Argentinian Jose Maria López (Dragon) who is back in the series replacing Neel Jani; he managed to score the first points of the season for his new team.
Maro Engel with a seventh-place finish has shown the very competitive car that now is Venturi. Also, strong performance by Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) who started on 18th place after crashing into the wall during qualifying.
First-race-ever for British, Tom Blomqvist (Andretti Autosport) who scored his first points of the season finish ninth. Stellar come-back by Nicolas Prost (Renault e.dams) who spun off in the early laps due to a contact with Lotterer.
Another great and fun race was the one who Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Racing) had. The Swiss driver started last but he managed to make such a great overtakes to run in 9th position after pit stop sequence.
But with 3 laps to go, he tried to overtake Heidfeld when he was trying to do so with Engel, that manoeuvre cost him the retirement of the race. But he has shown his real capacity to become a title contender.
As I’ve mention, Rosenqvist is in the lead of the standings before Santiago de Chile race. Mahindra driver leads by 4 points over Bird, while Vergne is third 11 points behind. Impressive consistency by Piquet who is fourth with a 29 points deficit. Not the same for his compatriot Lucas Di Grassi, who has yet to score a point.
Mahindra Racing leaves Morocco with the lead in team’s championship with 18 points more than DS Virgin.
- Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra 33 Laps
- Sebastien Buemi Renault e.dams +0.945
- Sam Bird DS Virgin +5.762
- Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar +6.554
- Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah +12.238
- Jose-Maria Lopez Dragon +16.491
- Maro Engel Venturi +26.915
- Nick Heidfeld Mahindra +28.381
- Tom Blomqvist Andretti +32.380
- Nico Prost Renault e.dams +33.099
- Alex Lynn DS Virgin +33.520
- Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +40.951
- Mitch Evans Jaguar +46.278
- Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti +56.116
- Jerome D’Ambrosio Dragon +1:13.805
- Luca Filippi NIO +1 Lap
- Edoardo Mortara Venturi DNF
- Oliver Turvey NIO DNF
- Andre Lotterer Techeetah DNF
- Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler DNF