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Sport Di Grassi sets the pace in Marrakesh FP1

12:36  13 january  2018
12:36  13 january  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Lopez set for FE return as Jani splits with Dragon

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Reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi led the field in first practice ahead of this weekend's Marrakesh ePrix for Audi Sport Abt Shaeffler. Di Grassi 's teammate, Daniel Abt, showed that the Audi team has pace around the Circuit Moulay El Hassan by setting the third fastest lap of the

Lucas di Grassi laid down the early pace in Marrakesh on Saturday by topping the first Formula E practice session of the weekend for Audi. Di Grassi set a fastest time of 1:20.310 to mark a new track record for Formula E at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, with Dragon

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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.

Jaguar announce lineup for Marrakesh FE rookie test

  Jaguar announce lineup for Marrakesh FE rookie test Former Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta and 2017 Formula V8 3.5 champion Pietro Fittipaldi will drive Jaguar’s Formula E car at the rookie test in Marrakesh. The test is set to take place on Jan 14, the day after the Marrakesh ePrix, and is limited to drivers who don’t have an e-license Di Resta, who filled in for Felipe Massa at Williams for the Hungarian Grand Prix this year, will travel to Morocco after testing for the Daytona 24 Hours in Florida, USA. “It is a perfect opportunity, at the right time of year to have a go,” Di Resta said. “It will be an intensive day of testing in Marrakech but I’m sure I can give some positive feedback to the team.” The chance for Fittipaldi comes after his successful season in Formula V8 3.5, where he took six wins and won the championship ahead of Matevos Isaakyan. Fittipaldi says that he has taken an interest to FE since the series first tested at Donington, saying, “I am really looking forward to driving the car and with Jaguar’s heritage in racing it is a very special privilege.

Lucas di Grassi made an impressive start to the Formula E’s first visit to Marrakesh by blitzing first practice, finishing almost two tenths of a second clear of the pack this morning. Drivers got their first unfettered chance to sample the Moroccan street course in FP 1

Lucas di Grassi turned up the heat on the Formula E field during the first practice on the streets of Marrakesh .A late flyer from di Grassi put AudiSport ABT at the top of the timesheets after Renault e.Dams dominated most of the

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. Nico Prost who was piloting the other Renault car was down in 14th but was a part of the hotly contested midfield.

Joel Eriksson gets chance to drive FE car in Marrakesh

  Joel Eriksson gets chance to drive FE car in Marrakesh 2017 Formula 3 European Championship runner-up Joel Eriksson will get a chance to drive for DS Virgin Racing at Formula E’s rookie test in Marrakesh. The Swede was only bested in the junior championship by Lando Norris, picking up seven wins last season. He has recently joined BMW in DTM for next season. He will drive the car that Sam Bird used to win in Hong Kong last month to kick off the 2017/18 season. “Formula E has a wealth of very talented drivers so it’s great to be experiencing this first hand and getting my first taste of electric racing,” said Eriksson. “DS Virgin Racing are a proven race-winning team so I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel.” He joins F3 rival Maximilian Gunther, who finished five points behind him in third, at the rookie test. Gunther will be with Dragon Racing who has recently parted ways with Neel Jani after just one race weekend. Former DS Virgin Racing driver in 2016/17 Jose Maria Lopez is thought to be the one to replace Jani at Dragon for the Marrakesh ePrix on January 13.

Sebastien Buemi responded to the pace shown by perennial Formula E rival Lucas di Grassi in FP 1 by leading the way in second practice in Marrakesh on Saturday morning. Season two champion Buemi was one of a number of drivers who focused on qualifying simulations in FP2

Di Grassi qualified 12th overall after narrowly avoiding colliding with the wall between the sixth and seventh turns.[19] His Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. See also. ^ "Top marks in Marrakesh FP 1 go to di Grassi ". Current E. 12 November 2016.

Jaguar was also able to maintain their strong pace from Hong Kong with Mitch Evans in 4th and Nelson Piquet in 8th. After taking their first podium in Hong Kong, Jaguar will look to build on the result and establish themselves as legitimate front-runners in only their second year of Formula E competition.

Newcomer Tom Blomqvist struggled to get to grips with his new Andretti finishing down in 19th place. Jose Maria Lopez showed slightly better pace on his return to the sport with Dragon finishing with the 13th quickest time.

Championship leader Sam Bird showed strong pace once again finishing in 6th place. Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne was close behind Bird in 7th and will look the overturn the two-point deficit he has to Bird in the Championship. Felix Rosenqvist and Oliver Turvey rounded out the top 10 in 9th and 10th respectively.

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