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Rosenqvist leads Formula E championship after Marrakesh win

Rosenqvist leads Formula E championship after Marrakesh win”

Felix Rosenqvist made a late pass on Sebastien Buemi to win the Marrakech ePrix on Saturday and take lead in the overall standings.

Season two champion Buemi recovered from a disappointing opening weekend in Hong Kong to make it through to Super Pole in qualifying, setting the fourth-fastest times in the heats, but was able to capitalise on his rival's errors to go quickest of all in the final shootout.

Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi, last year's victor in the Moroccan city after Rosenqvist had started on pole, finished second for Renault e.dams with Britain's Sam Bird third for DS Virgin Racing. After not scoring any points in Hong Kong, the Brazilian retired from the race during the first stint after problems with his vehicle put him a lap down to the leaders.

Techeetah's Andre Lotterer started the race at the back of the grid after being disqualified from qualifying for missing the weighbridge.

Luca Filippi will start the race directly behind teammate Turvey in 11th, while Tom Blomqvist led Andretti's charge following da Costa's shunt, qualifying 12th ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne and Maro Engel.

Bird's DS Virgin Racing teammate Alex Lynn was first of a trio of drivers to miss out by a tiny margin, while practice pacesetter Daniel Abt was four-hundredths slower than Bird but wound up eighth. Neither Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler drivers scored points in Marrakesh.

Oliver Turvey and Andrew Lotterer also failed to finish - Lotterer suffering a technical issue just before the pitstops, and Turvey suffered an issue in his vehicle on the grid which his NIO team were unable to fix by the time he came in for his stop.

Upon his return to the series, Jose Maria Lopez was able to fight through to Super Pole for the second time in Formula E, qualifying fourth for Dragon.

Nicolas Prost once again struggled to match Buemi for pace in the sister Renault e.dams auto, taking 15th ahead of Jerome d'Ambrosio and Andre Lotterer.

A full-course yellow was deployed a lap later with the leaders, minus Jaguar's Mitch Evans who had just stopped from sixth and therefore plummeted down the order, still on track.

Mortara was forced to retire shortly afterwards, and although Engle would cross the line in seventh he was given a post-race penalty which dropped him to thirteenth.



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