17 Jan 19
08 Jan 19
While the Saudi showdown represented the start of a new season and new era for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Marrakesh means a new year and a fresh start for all 11 teams and 22 cars and drivers as they prepare to do battle on Saturday, January 12.
Returning to the majestic city of Marrakesh for the third time in Formula E's history, get set for sand, souks and a spectacular showdown in the Saharan desert. With the countdown already underway, here's what happened in the season so far and all you need to know ahead of the 2019 Marrakesh E-Prix.
While Antonio Felix da Costa brought home a well-deserved maiden win for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in the Saudi showdown, the German-backed squad is by no means home and dry. Andretti has led the team standings only once in the history of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and that was after the very first race weekend in Beijing in September 2014. As it stands, Franco-Chinese outfit DS Techeetah lead BMW i by a single point. In third is Mahindra Racing, fourth is Nissan e.dams and fifth Panasonic Jaguar Racing. But what about reigning champions Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler or Envision Virgin Racing? With both teams sporting the same potent Audi powertrain, there could be trouble at the top considering two of the longest straights make up the 2.99km track in Marrakesh, which could favour the Audi cars. Placing higher than the Audi-powered teams after Saudi are Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Nissan e.dams and Mahindra Racing. With a month to look at the data and work on set up of the cars, expect there to be a further shuffle of the pack in Marrakech.
In the heat of the Saudi showdown, you could be mistaken for thinking the main battle was raging at the front of the pack as da Costa fended off advances from both DS Techeetah drivers. In reality, it was between Audi Sport Abt Scheffler'sSchaeffler's Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jn. (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) as one of Formula E’s oldest rivalries was re-ignited once again with both Brazilian drivers trading bodywork as well as verbal blows out on track.
With mixed weather conditions in Ad Diriyah clouding our view of the new Gen2 car's true performance - it's difficult to say with certainty who leads the way in terms of pace. But, with two of the longest straights in Formula E, Marrakesh will be a new challenge for all 22 Gen2 cars and drivers. Can da Costa carry over the pace he proved in the first race, will DS Techeeath be able to stretch their legs, or is there another contender waiting in the wings?
Fancy having your content featured on Formula E's own channels? Simple. Download the app via the link below using the code FORMULAESUPERFANS, and submit your reactions, videos and snaps of all the action over the weekend.