Previewing the Marrakesh ePrix

Marrakesh is currently preparing to host its second Formula E race on Saturday, as all the teams will find out if they have built a car that can be competitive throughout season four. 

Last season, Felix Rosenqvist showed his talents to the Formula E world, as the Swede qualified on pole position and lead the majority of the race until efficiency issues allowed Sebastien Buemi to catch up and pass the Mahindra driver.

Circuit Layout 

The Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan is 2.97km long, with 12-turns. Marrakesh is one of the smoothest street tracks that Formula E will visit this season as the street course also hosts the World Touring Car Championship.

Therefore, there are a number of runoff areas which are uncommon for Formula E tracks as narrow barriers usually surround the entire race track.

The circuit contains two long straights which will create overtaking opportunities during the race. Especially if drivers are energy saving during the race.

Last Time Out

The season started off with a bang as Sam Bird won the opening round of the season controversially after being given a drive-through penalty after missing his pit box.

The British driver had a nine-second lead, and a drive-through penalty should cost a driver 20 seconds, but Bird only lost eight seconds due to the short pit lane and won the race.

Formula E also saw there first ever red flag on the opening lap of a race after Lotterer caused a roadblock.

The second race couldn’t get started as the race lights would not begin to start which caused a safety car start. Rosenqvist lead the way but spun at turn one on the first lap and fell to 11th.

Rosenqvist’s spin allowed Edorado Mortara to lead the race, which he did until three laps to go when the Swiss driver spun and let Daniel Abt through and Rosenqvist who had thought through the field to move up into second.

However, Abt was disqualified after the race after taking the chequered flag which promoted Rosenqvist to first place after being 11th after his spin at turn one and capped off a fantastic recovery drive by the Mahindra Racing driver.




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