Buemi strengthens his lead in Marocco
In the second race of this year’s Formula E season, Sebastien Buemi took the lead on the final laps defeating Mahindra new-comer Felix Rosenqvist (pictured right). Rosenqvist, who was 15th in the Hong Kong round, started from pole position after Buemi received a starting penalty and led much of the race. In the end, Buemi hammered through and Rosenqvist was also defeated by Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) but he still managed a 3rd place. This was Mahindra’s second ever podium, so Felix can really pat himself on the back.
Nicolas Prost, Buemi’s team-mate was 4th, just ahead of the Abt-Schaeffler’s drivers who had a very lukewarm race. Lucas Di Grassi was 5th ahead of team-mate Daniel Abt.
Meanwhile, Rosenqvist’s team-mate and ex-F1 driver Nick Heidfeld had a hard race and finished 9th on 0% engine power which was quite amazing. Other ex-F1 alumni, Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) had a shot at the podium which was lost due to him speeding in the pitlane, which in turn resulted in a drive-through penalty, dropping the Frenchman into 8th place. Sam Bird’s team-mate, Jose Maria Lopez was 10th and the final man to score points to day.
Another man poised for success at the start was inaugural Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr., who started from the top-3 but unfortunately fell out of the points table during the pit-stops (not sure what happened to him). This is the second time this season Piquet’s had rotten luck rob him of points as NEXTev’s car seems to finally be up-to-pace, at least judging from his team-mate Oliver Turvey who was 8th.
Loïc Duval’s Dragon Racing car caused several yellow flags today due to erratic stopping. Towards the end, the team sacrificed any positional advantage in order to secure 1 point from a fastest lap (which they accomplished on the second-to-last lap).
Formula E Top-3 (2 out of 12 races)
- Sebastien Buemi, Renault eDams, 50 points
- Lucas DiGrassi, Abt-Schaeffler, 28 points
- Nicolas Prost, Renault eDams, 24 points