Returning To Our Happy Hunting Ground: Tech Forecast For Marrakesh E-Prix
Posted on: 08 January, 2019
We went green in Saudi Arabia for the opening race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship last month and we finished on the podium at the brand-new venue. The second race of the season is in Marrakesh, which first appeared on the Formula E calendar in Season 3, and is approaching at an electrifying pace. It's fair to say that we’re looking forward to returning to our happy hunting ground and we've teamed up with Lewis Butler, our Technical Director, who gives us his insight ahead of race day.
The Marrakesh E-Prix is an interesting hybrid layout between the street circuits that we’ve become accustomed to, and what we would call a typical or normal track for other car classes in different motorsport championships. But it’s now well-established as one of the quickest tracks on the Formula E calendar and that’s because of its lack of slow corners.
We know the new Gen2 cars are quicker than their predecessors and, with the combination of a relatively smooth track and its high-speed corners, it's highly likely that a new track record will be set in the Season 5 qualifying session.
With our strong record here, some people might say the Marrakesh E-Prix is Mahindra Racing's track and we certainly want to continue with the same success for the third consecutive year.
We've typically done well here with good preparation, avoiding incidents and undertaking a well-executed, clean weekend with a competitive car. There's no reason why we won't be celebrating on Saturday night with Jerome D'Ambrosio back behind the #64 Falcon and Pascal Wehrlein piloting the #94 Electro McElectroFace.
From the opening race, we saw all the cars are tightly packed in terms of pace, so we need to make sure we capitalise on any chances we can to start as high as possible and stay there.
Our approach to the Marrakesh E-Prix is not any different to other Formula E race weekends in terms of preparation. We're simply trying to ensure mistakes are minimal and that we extract the maximum potential from the package we have at a track that we know is well suited to us.
There's no magic in motorsport, so we're all motivated to carry on our hard work to continue our competitive start to the season and hear the Indian national anthem on the podium again!
There's no magic in motorsport.
- Mahindra Racing has been on the podium in both previous races; Felix Rosenqvist finished third in Season 3 and won the race in Season 4
- The team claimed the first Formula E pole on African soil when Rosenqvist took pole in Season 3 at the Marrakesh track (which was also the team's first pole position)
- The Marrakesh E-Prix is the only venue where both our drivers have always finished in the Top 10
- The Marrakesh E-Prix has seen the same three drivers on the podium in the previous two races
- We've averaged 25.5 points per race in Marrakesh; the highest of any city for the team
- Nick Heidfeld gained 11 positions in the race in Season 4