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Well, what a race that turned out to be. Another podium and a first place finish for Mahindra Racing's Jerome d'Ambrosio, self-inflicted disaster for both BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers, DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne admits to making his "biggest mistake in Formula E" and Felipe Massa gets labelled an "amateur" by Brazilian bad boy Nelson Piquet Jn. And all set against the backdrop of the Saharan sun in Marrakesh. Bravo, what a show. With all that going on, social media kicked up a storm, so here's the very best posts from the race weekend in the Red City.
Just in case you were doubting the ability of the Gen2 car to make an impact (not that you were, of course), here's a direct comparison with last season's Gen1. With no times to compare the car against in Saudi, Marrakesh was the first opportunity for the Gen2 car to prove its worth, scraping almost three seconds off the Gen1 times.
Susie Wolff, Team Principal of Venturi's Formula E squad, treated her husband and Mercedes Formula One boss Toto Wolff to a day out at the Marrakesh E-Prix for his 47th birthday. Watching all the action alongside Formula E Founder and Chairman Alejandro Agag, the German team boss cracked a smile when he saw new professional his title flash up on screen.
We do love a bit of ambition here in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship but DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne just might have overstepped the mark with this one. Seconds into the race, on the very first corner, the Frenchman stuck his nose on the inside of Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird before backing out and spinning, sending shockwaves through the pack. The reigning champion and self-confessed "idiot" later admitted it was his "biggest mistake in Formula E" but he wasn't sorry for trying.
For the second year running, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler rookie driver Nico Mueller smashed the lap record in Marrakesh, posting a 1:17.074s lap during the second in-season test after the race. “I’m happy to have ticked most boxes, learned a lot, and I think we’re now better prepared for what’s to come and to finish the day top of the times is obviously nice,” said the Swiss driver.
The 2018 Marrakesh E-Prix marked the first race after we were joined by the technology company ABB to become the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. And quite a bit has changed since then - we've raced around the world, crowned a new champion and unleashed a radical new Gen2 car onto the city streets. Here's to the future.
After making its debut for the 2018/19 season opener in Saudi Arabia, Voltage is the only show that pairs the biggest names in YouTube with the most intense racing on the planet. Catch up with Stephen, Will Lenney, Laurence McKenna and Becky Evans in the latest episode here.