Marrakesh ePrix – An issue in the pit stop hampered Nelson Piquet Jr. after starting from the second row.
The Brazilian qualified fourth when Jean-Eric Vergne failed to complete a lap time in the Super Pole shootout, and was then elevated to third when Sebastien Buemi was given a five-place grid penalty for an underweight fire extinguisher.
He was fighting for a podium finish when he came in to the pits for his car swap, but his second car would not start in similar fashion to Sam Bird at the season opener in Hong Kong. Piquet lost fifty-one seconds to the problem, emerging in last place.
“It’s been a difficult day. We were having an okay race but I knew I couldn’t fight too much against Sebastian [Buemi] and Jean Eric (Vergne), so I kept to my strategy,” Piquet said.
“When I came in for the car change we had an electrical issue which lost us a lot of time and at that point it was game over.
“It’s very frustrating so now we have to investigate what happened so it doesn’t repeat. There’s a big break now until the Buenos Aires race in February so we will look to come back strong.”
Despite two strong qualifying results, Piquet is yet to score points from a race result this season. His three championship points were secured for his pole position in Hong Kong.