Rosenqvist Wins in Marrakesh


Felix Rosenqvist claimed victory in Marrakesh, beating Sebastien Buemi to take the lead in the driver’s championship. 

The Mahindra driver saved 2% more energy than Buemi in the second stint and used that extra energy to dive down the inside at turn seven to take the lead of the race.

Sam Bird finished the race in third. The British driver was running in second right behind Buemi, but the Brit’s gearbox began to fail which cost Bird the chance to fight for the win in the second stint.

It was another day to forget for the champion Lucas Di Grassi. The Audi driver was running in fourth when a battery management issue caused an early retirement for the Brazilian.

The two Venturi drivers came together at the end of the race and collected Heidfeld. Engel was deemed at fault for the incident and was given a time penalty and fell to 13th.

Race Start

Before the race even began there were problems for Oliver Turvey and Jerome D’Ambrosio who were absent from the grid and began the race from the pitlane.

It was a clean start from all the remaining drivers. Buemi maintained the lead of the race through the first lap, but the Swiss driver was not breaking away from Bird and Rosenqvist behind.

There was contact at the start of lap two as Daniel Abt collided with Alex Lynn at turn one, which sent Lynn spinning off into the vast run-off area. Abt was later given a drive-through penalty for causing a collision.

Lopez fell down the order on lap three as Di Grassi forced his way passed the Argentine, which forced Lopez wide and allowed Nelson Piquet Jr and Abt past.

There was a great battle between Di Grassi, Piquet Jr and Abt. The trio were dicing for fourth place, but disaster struck Di Grassi as a BMS failure caused the champion to stop on track and retire from the race.

The battle for the lead was extremely tense as Bird was sitting behind Buemi’s rear wing and Rosenqvist was just behind the two leaders.

Bird then had a gearbox issue on the start-finish straight which allowed Rosenqvist to sail through into second place.

Pit Stop Window

Lotterer caused a full course yellow during the pit stop window, as the German stopped on track and was unable to get going. The Techeetah driver’s retirement caused the drivers to dive into the pits.

Piquet Jr remained ahead of Lopez in the pit stop window in fourth place, but Jean Eric Vergne was able to slot inbetween in fifth, the Frenchman slowly climbing up the order from 13th on the grid.

Rosenqvist closed in on Buemi as the race entered the closing stages. The two drivers were trading fastest laps as they fought for the lead of the race.

Closing Stages

Rosenqvist waited until lap 29 to make a move on Buemi at turn seven. The Swede had 2% more usable energy than the Swiss driver which he used to dive down the inside of the Renault e.Dams driver.

The two Venturi drivers made contact at the hairpin with three laps to go and ended up collecting the Mahindra driver of Nick Heidfeld, causing damage to the German’s front wing.

Edorado Mortara tried to pass Maro Engel but they touched and Engel had nowhere to go but into the side of Heidfeld. The Stewards took a different view however and penalised Engel post-race, dropping him out of the points.

However, it was a perfect day for Heidfeld’s teammate Rosenqvist who stormed to victory and now takes the lead of the championship.


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