Marrakesh E-Prix – Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans was fastest during practice for the second round of the 2018/19 Formula E championship.
Evans led the initial standings during the second session, which largely consisted of laps at the Attack Mode power of 225kW before switching to 250kW full power runs at the end of the session. His time of 1:17.262 put him 0.249 seconds ahead of DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer.
Sebastien Buemi put his Nissan e.dams in third ahead of Ad Diriyah race winner Antonio Felix da Costa.
Robin Frijns set the pace in first practice and shaved off 0.2 seconds from his time for FP2 but it was only good enough for fifth ahead of the second Nissan of Oliver Rowland, although he had his qualifying run blocked by the Venturi of Felipe Massa.
Massa’s car shut down moments after he switched the power up to 250kW. He was able to put in a time after resetting his car but he finished the session 20th. His powertrain is being changed before qualifying.
His team-mate Edoardo Mortara also suffered a technical failure as his car stopped in the pit lane at the end of FP1.
The left-hander of Turn 7 became a problem area for the drivers in FP1 with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne, Sam Bird and 2016/17 champion Lucas di Grassi all using the escape road at one point.
Di Grassi only managed five laps in FP2 after he had a water pump issue, which his Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler team is aiming to fix before qualifying.
His team-mate Daniel Abt struggled for pace in both sessions and had an off at Turn 11 during FP2.
Making his FE debut Pascal Wehrlein stopped on track twice during FP1 but managed to get going again unassisted on both occasions. Bird also had a stopped on the exit of the Turn 10 hairpin during FP2.