Sport FE: Rosenqvist beats Buemi for Marrakesh victory

19:55  13 january  2018
19:55  13 january  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Ninth career pole in FE for Buemi

  Ninth career pole in FE for Buemi Sebastien Buemi claims his ninth career pole in Formula E as Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s domination in practice fails to carry over into qualifying. As heavy fog continued to lurk over the Moulay El Hassan circuit, Group 1 consisting of André Lotterer, Lucas di Grassi, Tom Blomqvist (replacing Kamui Kobayashi), Jérôme D’Ambrosio and José María López (replacing Neel Jani) were first to face the interesting conditions, with Lotterer and debutant Blomqvist being the first ones out on track two minutes into their allotted six minutes. Lotterer was the first to set a benchmark time with a 1m21.222s before being toppled by Blomqvist, despite hitting the wall twice, who then got dislodged by di Grassi whilst the returning López slotted into second. D’Ambrosio failed to make much of an impression, finishing fourth in the group as Lotterer lingered at the bottom of the timing sheets with three groups of five to come. Next on track was Group 2 which contained season two champion Buemi and his team-mate Nico Prost. They were joined by Maro Engel, Alex Lynn and Luca Filippi. Biding their time in a similar fashion to the first group, Prost and Filippi were first out of the gates putting their cars fourth and third respectively. Engel went fifth and Lynn third, before Buemi demoted the Brit to fourth in a rather uneventful group as everyone made it through their laps unscathed.

FE . Felix Rosenqvist left it late to secure his second straight Formula E victory , passing Renault rival Sebastien Buemi for the lead with five laps to go en route to a win that vaulted him into the lead of the drivers' championship.

Sebastien Buemi made it two wins out of two ePrix in Marrakesh last time out for Renault e.dams after energy saving allowed the Swiss driver to catch and overtake Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist , who led for most of the race. Buemi ’s victory wasn’t straightforward after falling short in qualifying

Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist beat Sebastien Buemi on track to take victory in Marrakesh in the third race of the Formula E season.

Rosenqvist started third behind pole-sitter Buemi and DS Virgin’s Sam Bird, but was able to make a textbook pass on Buemi going into Turn 7 in the final five laps of the race.

The Swedish driver was able to get around Bird in the first stint, but both drivers lost some time in the pits to season two drivers’ champion Buemi. Second place for Buemi will be a relief after he picked up just one point from the Hong Kong double-header in December.

His rival for the last few years and defending FE drivers’ champion Lucas di Grassi wasn’t able to find the luck he needed to give his campaign a needed boost. After not scoring any points in Hong Kong, the Brazilian retired from the race during the first stint after problems with his car put him a lap down to the leaders.

Abt Tops Foggy Free Practice 2 in Marrakesh

  Abt Tops Foggy Free Practice 2 in Marrakesh Daniel Abt topped the second free practice in Marrakesh ahead of team-mate Lucas di Grassi in foggy conditions. The final practice session of the Marrakesh ePrix got underway at 10:30am local time, with a light fog looming over the circuit as the cars began to head out onto the track. Television commentators Jack Nicholls and Dario Franchitti reported visibility issues from their commentary box within minutes of the session’s beginning. Lucas di Grassi set the benchmark in the early stages, with the Audi driver putting in a time of 1m22.006, just over two and a half seconds slower than his time set earlier in the day. The reigning champion’s time was beaten almost immediately by Antonio Felix da Costa, who set a 1m21.260 lap-time. Venturi was plagued with issues at the start of the session, claiming to have a problem with its software with all four cars. However they were quick to rectify this, not losing too much practice time. Felix Rosenqvist had a lock-up five minutes into the session, going down an escape road and bringing out the yellow flags, but he was able to spin the car back around to continue. Da Costa also had a nasty moment which could have brought his session to an early end, as the MS Amlin Andretti driver almost lost the rear end of the car, but he managed to catch it at the last second and remained on track. Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet Jr had a brush with the barrier, which resulted in him losing his right rear wheel cover soon after.

Africa awards patient Buemi . Sebastien Buemi continued his perfect start to the third Formula E season by taking his second victory of the season in Marrakesh on Saturday. The battle for victory boiled down to Rosenqvist and Buemi .

Sebastien Buemi recovered from a grid penalty to claim the second round of the FIA Formula E Championship at Marrakesh . Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird followed Buemi home in second, while Rosenqvist was left to settle for third.

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Many drivers that started further back on the grid for the race were able to take advantages of incidents on track to salvage a good performance. Jean-Eric Vergne was able to finish in fifth behind Nelson Piquet Jr after qualifying 13th on the grid.

Vergne wasn’t as prolific on track compared to others, but was able to make his way up the order through retirements and other incidents on track.

The first involved Daniel Abt hitting Alex Lynn going into the first turn on the second lap of the 33 lap race. Lynn dropped down to 19th by the time he got going again, while later in the race Abt was given a drive-through penalty. Neither Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler drivers scored points in Marrakesh.

Di Grassi sets the pace in Marrakesh FP1

  Di Grassi sets the pace in Marrakesh FP1 Lucas di Grassi has earmarked himself as an early pacesetter in Marrakesh after setting the quickest time in the first practice session. The Brazilian driver was nine tenths faster than Jerome d’Ambrosio who finished the session in second place. Di Grassi’s Audi team-mate Daniel Abt rounded out the top three. However di Grassi and d’Ambrosio both used the 200kw Qualifying engine mode which is around eight tenths to a second faster than the 180kw engine mode which the rest of the drivers used. The session was very hotly contested for the whole 45 minutes with multiple drivers setting quick times. The gap between Abt in 3rd and Alex Lynn in 12th was just over half a second which suggests that the majority of the teams will be very close together for the whole weekend. However many drivers were caught out by running offline onto large areas of dust. Turn 1 especially was a large issue throughout the session. Both Venturi drivers were plagued with unreliability for the whole session. Both Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel stopped on the track multiple times and really struggled for performance. Engel could only muster a 17th place whereas Mortara struggled even more and was last, over 4 and a half seconds behind Di Grassi. Renault e.Dams look to have bounced back from a thoroughly disappointing Hong Kong after Sebastian Buemi set the 5th fastest time and lead the session at points.

While Rosenqvist is now eyeing a clean sweep of Berlin victories , his team-mate Nick Heidfeld will Sebastien Buemi . e.dams. Renault. Lopez poised to replace Jani at Dragon Jose Maria Lopez is poised to return to Formula E by replacing Neel Jani at Dragon Racing in Marrakech 1514979628 FE .

Buemi passed Rosenqvist for the lead on the 27th lap and held it for the remainder of the race to clinch the win. Buemi said that was looking forward to competing in Marrakesh but knew that it would not be easy to repeat his Hong Kong victory .

Oliver Turvey, who started from the pit lane after an issue came up with his car before the race, was able to make his way into the points during the first stint. The Brit however didn’t return to the track after his pit-stop.

In his first race back in FE after being dropped by DS Virgin before the start of the season, Jose Maria Lopez was able to take home sixth. While the Dragon Racing driver qualified fourth it was a much better result than what the team had in Hong Kong.

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His team-mate Andre Lotterer didn’t have a positive performance however. Lotterer was running in the bottom half of the grid before he went off the track and couldn’t get the car started again. The incident brought out the full course yellow while the likes of Mitch Evans, Antonio Felix da Costa and Daniel Abt were still in the pits. Evans was running in the points before pitting but had to settle for 13th.

Maro Engel finished ahead of Nick Heidfeld for seventh, while Tom Blomqvist in his first FE race for the Andretti team was able to score points in ninth.

Buemi’s team-mate Nico Prost rounded off the top ten, while Lynn and Abt, who were involved in the second lap incident, were 11th and 12th respectively.

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