Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne “is hungry” to secure his first victory of the season in Marrakesh. 

The Techeetah driver was set to start the defence of his crown with a win, after overtaking eventual race-winner Antonio Felix Da Costa. However, a drive-through penalty dropped him down the order for exceeding the 200kW race power limit.

The Frenchmen fought his way back through the field to finish in second place, leaving him feeling like he’s owed a race win in Marrakesh.

“Being so close to the victory in the first round has left me very hungry for more, and it’s what my focus is all about right now,” said Vergne. “Marrakesh hasn’t been a good track for us in the past, so I’m hoping that we can change that and leave Morocco on a high note this year.  It still a very long way to go and we know that we need to continue to be razor sharp for the rest of the season.”

Team Principal Mark Preston was satisfied with how the team performed in Saudi Arabia.  The former Super Aguri Formula One Team Principal is hopeful that the issues they suffered in Ridayh won’t reappear in Marrakesh.

“We had a really good first race together as a new team, DS TECHEETAH, and it was a proud moment to watch everything come together during the race weekend. We definitely had our challenges, and I think we pretty much had every curve ball there was thrown at us, but the team handled them very well and came out on top,” said Preston.