Buemi on Pole in Marrakesh

Sebastien Buemi will start the Marrakesh ePrix from pole position after a stunning lap in Super Pole which gave him a three-tenths advantage over Sam Bird. 

Felix Rosenqvist will line up third. The Swede made a mistake on his lap but recovered well in the final sector to ensure he would start third.

Jose Maria Lopez was the star of the qualifying on his return to Formula E with Dragon Racing. The Argentine will start fourth in front of Lucas Di Grassi who had a powertrain malfunction in Super Pole, and he will start fifth.

Nick Heidfeld and Antonio Felix Da Costa caused red flags during qualifying; both drivers smashed into the barriers after carrying too much speed into turns seven and eight.

Group One

The first group saw reigning champion Di Grassi, Andre Lotterer, Lopez, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Tom Blomqvist. Once they had completed their warm-up lap, it was Di Grassi who ended the group fastest.

Lopez was only a tenth down on Di Grassi’s lap time on his first weekend with Dragon Racing. Blomqvist hit the wall on his lap time but still ended the session faster than D’Ambrosio and Lotterer.

Group Two

The second group saw Sebastien Buemi, Nicolas Prost, Maro Engel, Alex Lynn and Luca Filippi. Once there 180 kW lap where completed it was Buemi who ended the group fastest, but it was a lap-only good enough for third behind Di Grassi and Lopez.

Lynn moved his DS Virgin Racing car to fourth fastest, with Filippi moving into fifth for NIO after two groups. Nicolas Prost qualifying struggles continued as the Frenchmen could only manage eighth fastest from the first two groups and will start the race from 15th.

Group Three

The third group saw the top five in the championship which are Sam Bird, Edorado Mortara, Felix Rosenqvist, Nick Heidfeld and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Rosenqvist powered his way to provisional pole with his lap, but his teammate Heidfeld hit the wall at turn eight and will start from the back of the grid.

Bird could only manage fifth with his lap with one group remaining, and Mortara will start from the back of the grid as he had to slow down after Heidfeld’s crash.

Group Four

The final group saw Mitch Evans, Nelson Piquet Jr, Daniel Abt, Oliver Turvey and Antonio Felix Da Costa. Evans and Piquet Jr were unable to get into Super Pole with there laps.

Then Da Costa caused a red flag after he crashed at turn seven which meant that Turvey and Abt had to do their 200kW lap as both drivers had not completed their flying lap.

Once the session restarted, neither driver was able to set the same sector times as they did in their first runs before the red flag. Abt will start eighth and Turvey in tenth.

Super Pole 

Bird was the first driver out on the track. The British driver drove a calm lap with no mistakes and managed a 1:20:615 to start in second.

Buemi was next out. The Swiss driver attacked his lap hard and found three-tenths on Bird to move into provisional pole.

Lopez was next on the track. The Argentine pushed hard on his lap, but the car lost pace throughout the lap and will start from fourth place.

Di Grassi took to the track next for his flying lap. The Brazilian started the lap strongly, but a powertrain error cost the reigning champion, meaning he will start from fifth place.

Rosenqvist made an error, throwing his lap away and allowing Buemi to claim his ninth pole position in Formula E.

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