Rosenqvist takes victory and championship lead in Marrakesh

Swede beats Buemi to win in Morocco

Marrakesh ePrix – Felix Rosenqvist took victory in Marrakesh ahead of Sebastien Buemi to take the lead in the drivers’ championship.

Mahindra’s Rosenqvist took his third Formula E win – his second in a row – after passing Buemi in the closing stages of the race.

After starting the race third, the Swede was gifted second place part-way through the race after DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird suffered a brief technical problem on the start/finish straight.

Following the pit stop phase, Rosenqvist closed down a two second gap to Buemi and passed the season two champion with four laps to go with a dive on the inside of turn seven.

He remained unchallenged in the closing moments of the race and secured the victory ahead of Buemi and Bird, who fought off a late challenge from Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet.

Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne recovered from a 13th place grid start to take fifth place ahead of Dragon Racing’s Jose-Maria Lopez.

The two Venturi drivers were involved in a late tangle, costing them a double points finish. Edoardo Mortara’s attempted pass on team-mate Maro Engel saw him take out both Engel and Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld.

Mortara was out of the race, but Engel continued to claim seventh ahead of Heidfeld, who was racing with a wounded car.

Debutant Tom Blomqvist took ninth place for Andretti after fending off a late challenge from Renault e.dams’ Nico Prost and DS Virgin Racing’s Alex Lynn, who was taken out by attempted overtake from Audi Sport’s Daniel Abt early on in the race.

Abt himself was handed a drive-through penalty for the attempted pass and recovered to twelfth place ahead of Mitch Evans.

Abt and Evans were the main losers after a full course yellow flag was deployed during the pit stop phase for the stricken Techeetah of Andre Lotterer.

Reigning champion Lucas di Grassi lost the chance to fight for a podium position after encountering technical problems early in the race.

His Audi Sport Abt car slowed whilst running close to Rosenqvist and, whilst he managed to slowly recover to the pit lane, the team elected to retire the car.

To view the full results of the race, click here.

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Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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