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Buemi takes Marrakesh pole in erroneous session – Qualifying Report

Renault e.dams driver capitalises in error-filled session

Marrakesh ePrix – Sebastien Buemi secured pole position ahead of Sam Bird and Felix Rosenqvist in a error-filled qualifying session.

The Renault e.dams driver made the perfect start to make up for his disastrous opening weekend in Hong Kong by claiming his first pole position of the season.

Despite only finishing fourth fastest overall in the group qualifying, Buemi time of 1:20.355 was enough to capitalise on the mistakes of his rivals.

DS Racing’s Sam Bird was the only other driver to complete a problem-free Super Pole qualifying run; he set a time one-quarter of a second slower than Buemi to take second place.

Felix Rosenqvist progressed to the Super Pole shootout as the fastest driver, but the Swede ran wide on the exit of the first chicane and lost several tenths of a second. He was forced to settle for third place.

Jose-Maria Lopez was one of the surprise performers during qualifying, but an equally-combative lap from the Dragon Racing driver resulted in a fourth place qualification.

Reigning world champion Lucas di Grassi had been a front-runner throughout his flying lap, but technical problems with his Audi Sport Abt car resulted in a loss of performance and a fifth place finish.

The second DS Virgin Racing of Alex Lynn narrowly missed out on a Super Pole appearance, whilst Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet and Mitch Evans finished seventh and ninth respectively.

A red flag in the fourth-and-final group came prior to the completion of Daniel Abt’s (Audi Sport) and Oliver Turvey’s (NIO) lap times, meaning they were given another lap to attempt to qualifying. However, the pair were unable progress and finished eighth and tenth respectively.

There were impressive performances from NIO’s Luca Filippi and Andretti’s debutant Tom Blomqvist, who finished eleventh and twelfth ahead of Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne, who had an off-form session.

Fourteenth to seventeenth were taken up by Maro Engel (Venturi), Nico Prost (Renault e.dams), Jerome D’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) and Andre Lotterer (Techeetah).

Nick Heidfeld crashed out in group three after locking up and hitting the barrier on the exit of turn ten, whilst Antonio Felix da Costa (Andretti) hit the wall on the exit of turn seven, ending his session.

Edoardo Mortara made a mistake and had to take to the run-off area at turn seven, ending his hopes of a strong position on the starting grid.

 

To view the full result from qualifying, click here.

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