New year, new start…new E-Prix. That’s right, fans and followers, Round Three of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is very nearly upon us, as we prepare to go green in Marrakesh on January 13 2018.
To welcome you all to the hustle and bustle one of Marocco’s most iconic cities, we’ve devised a nifty, one-stop guide to help you get the most out of race day. With all the action (on and off-track) listed below, as and when it’s taking place, be sure to keep it close and for anything not listed, feel free to ask for further information at one of our information kiosks. All the times stated below are subject to change. Keep an eye on the information at the event for live updates.
*Can’t make it to the race? No problem – why not check out our broadcast guide to see when to tune in to catch all the action.*
07:30 - Allianz E-Village opens
The gates open to ABB FIA Formula E’s festival of technology, entertainment and innovation in the Allianz E-Village. With activities for all ages, including the drivers’ autograph session a selection food stalls, interactive displays and activities. Click here to learn more about it.
08:00 - First practice session
For the early birds, there’s the first practice session of the day. This is the first time the drivers will have the chance to drive the track under timed conditions, giving us an insight into how they’ll perform during the race. Despite the timings, they don't count towards the race result – it’s just a free practice session. Here, the drivers can make use of the full 200kWof the car’s power.
09:50 – ARRIVAL Truck fan laps
Step on board the all-electric ARRIVAL Truck and take a ride around the track before the race with ABB FIA Formula E’s official electric truck partner.
10:30 - Second practice session
Now that the drivers have had a chance to drive the track under timed conditions and get used to the course, this session is another chance for them to test the set-up of the car and make sure it’s perfect for the race. Again, despite the timer running, this session doesn’t count towards the race and drivers can make use of all 200kWs.
11:10 – ‘Marrakchis sur la piste’
Here to see the all-electric racing cars? Well, you might just be in for a surprise as fans take to the track on e-bikes, electric skateboards or any other two-wheeled electric and non-powered vehicles.
12:00 - Qualifying
Qualifying determines the starting grid for the race, with the fastest driver lining-up in first place. The session lasts one hour and sees drivers divided into groups, decided by a lottery conducted in advance. Each driver has six minutes to set their best time, with the top-five drivers proceeding to the Super Pole shoot-out.
12:45 – Super Pole
During the Super Pole shoot-out, the drivers go out one-by-one, with the fifth fastest driver from the group stages going out first. When they cross the line to start their flying lap, the pitlane light turns green and the fourth fastest driver heads out. This is repeated until all five drivers have completed a lap. The fastest driver out of the five will be awarded the Julius Baer Pole Position and an additional three points. It’s all worth fighting for.
13:45 – E-Race
Not all the racing in Formula E takes place on track. At every round in the championship is the E-Race – a virtual race where drivers, fans and other competitors battle it out on simulators, that replicate the action on track taking place in the Allianz E-Village. Fancy yourself as a gamer? This is the place to prove it.
13:00 – Drivers’ autograph session
Formula E offers fans and followers unparalleled access to some of the best motorsport talents in the world. Here’s your chance to meet the drivers in the Allianz E-Village before they go out on track. Don’t forget to bring along your merchandise!
15:00 – Driver Parade
Here’s your chance to get a good look at all 20 drivers and their cars before the race as they complete a parade lap. The next time you see them, they'll be going flat out.
16:00 – 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix (33 laps)
Here it is, the moment you (not to mention all the teams and drivers) have been waiting for. No more practice, no more qualifying, just 33 laps of pure electric racing and one winner.
17:05 – Podium Ceremony
That’s it, the results are in and three drivers will take to the podium but only one can take the title – who will it be? Watch them celebrate with Mumm champagne in the Allianz E-Village.
18:00 – Allianz E-Village and E-Prix closes
That’s it for the 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix but don’t worry, there are another 11 rounds of ABB FIA Formula E to come – click here to see our full calendar listing.