2 July 2022, Marrakesh, Morocco

Round 10

– Alexander Sims: Qualifying – 19 / Race – 14 / Points – 00
– Oliver Rowland: Qualifying – 11 / Race – 10 / Points – 01

The tenth round of the 2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship took place in Marrakesh this weekend. Under the hot African sun, Mahindra Racing’s #30 M8Electro climbed through the ranks to battle for a podium before dropping back due to a strategy gamble.

Oliver Rowland started the race in 11th after missing out on The Duels by just 0.083 seconds. The plan was to push hard at the start so, by the end of the second lap, the 29-year old Brit had climbed into the top five and had begun his podium challenge. Running as high as second place, it seemed the team might be able to add another Marrakesh E-Prix trophy to the two wins and a third taken across the four previous events. However, the strategy didn’t pay off and he dropped back to ninth place due to energy levels.

Meanwhile, Alexander Sims in the #29 M8Electro was also climbing through the pack. Starting in 19th, he showed strong overtaking skills to weave his way through five places to finish in 14th.

Season 8

– Mahindra Racing: 8th / 13 Points
– Oliver Rowland: 14th / 11 Points
– Alexander Sims: 18th / 2 Points

Season 8 stats

– Wins: 0
– Podiums: 0
– Pole Positions: 0
– Duel Appearances: 3
– Fastest Laps: 0

“Today’s performance was largely influenced by my free practice 2 incident, which put me on the back foot for qualifying. However, in the race the team did a good job to help rectify things as much as possible. It was a fun exciting race, climbing through the pack while managing the battery temperature. Full credit to the team for getting me out for qualifying and doing a solid job.”

#29 Alexander Sims

“It wasn’t a bad race the start and, to be honest, it was looking really optimistic. We had a strategy to push in the first half and then make the battery last until the end, but it didn’t pan out as expected. The car felt great and I enjoyed my charge. I’m looking forward to New York and seeing what we can do.”

#30 Oliver Rowland

“It was nice to see both cars finish the race after moving through the pack so nicely. It’s a shame our energy drop-off at the end was more than expected but it was good that our cars had good race pace. All eyes are on New York now, which is just a couple of weeks away.”

Dilbagh Gill