Round 2 of the FIA Formula E 2017-18 kicked off in Marrakesh today. After the Audi Schaeffler team dominated the practice sessions, it was Sebastien Buemi who took pole position. In the Formula E qualifying session, Buemi and Sam Bird locked out the front row with Felix Rosenqvist in P3. ahead of Jose Maria Lopez. Defending champion Lucas Di Grassi qualified 5th ahead of Bird’s teammate Alex Lynn.
The Swiss driver set a lap time of 1:20.355. As he was the second driver to set a lap time in super pole, he wasn’t out of the woods just yet. The Renault e.Dams team were able to breathe when Lopez, di Grassi and Rosenqvist made mistakes on their final runs. Buemi will start the Marrakesh ePrix on pole, 0.260 seconds clear of Bird, his nearest challenger.
Lynn was unlucky to miss out on a Super Pole appearance and will start the Marrakesh ePrix in sixth place ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr in seventh. Daniel Abt, who won in Hong Kong before being disqualified, could only manage eighth place for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler. The German was caught out in his qualifying group stage when Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa crashed out of the session.
Piquet’s teammate Mitch Evans qualified in ninth place in the second Jaguar ahead of NIO’s Oliver Turvey in tenth. He too was caught out by da Costa’s crash. Outside of the top ten, Jean-Eric Vergne lines up in 13th place after a scruffy qualifying session while Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld only managed 18th after crashing during his final run of the session which caught out Edoardo Mortara who was slowest of the 20 runners.
All in all, it was a fairly eventful session and with the race starting in just a couple of hours, should be a highly interesting affair.