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AFRICAN ODYSSEY AWAITS ABB FIA FORMULA E WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE-CHASERS

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30.06.22

Marrakech’s challenging Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan is next up in the absorbing battle for the all-electric series’ 2021/2022 crown.

With every passing race, the leading contenders for glory in the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship seem to become clearer – and this weekend’s Marrakech E-Prix (2 July) could provide another indication as to the ultimate destiny of the Season Eight laurels.

Absent from the calendar for two years, Morocco makes a welcome return as the ‘Red City’ prepares to host Formula E for the fifth time at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan – named after the country’s Crown Prince.

Not far from Marrakech’s famous medina and souks and set against the backdrop of the iconic Atlas Mountains, the fast and technical 12-turn lap stretches for 2.971km as it snakes around the centuries-old walls of the Agdal district. Prioritising precision and energy conservation, it has been the scene of some dramatic Formula E moments in seasons past.

Stoffel Vandoorne continues to lead the way heading to Morocco, having moved to the top of the classification when he won in Monaco – although the Mercedes-EQ man saw his advantage reduced from 12 points to five earlier this month in Indonesia, where his nearest rivals Jean-Éric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH), Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) monopolised the podium to close in on the Belgian. 

A fifth rostrum appearance of the campaign enabled Vergne to ramp up the pressure, and the Frenchman – who is on the hunt for career crown number three – took the chequered flag third in Marrakech in 2020. 

Only two points further back, Mortara is on fine form having not been off the podium since Monaco, while Evans has won more races than anybody else this season – his latest victory achieved courtesy of a well-judged drive in Jakarta. 

The leading quartet pulled away from Robin Frijns in Indonesia as the Dutchman failed to score – leaving him 40 points shy of the summit of the standings – but it would be ill-advised to count the Envision Racing ace out of the reckoning, especially considering he scooped the runner-up spoils in Marrakech three years ago.

Reigning champion Nyck de Vries’ hopes of successfully defending his title receded further last time out as a non-finish saw him concede more ground to Mercedes-EQ stablemate Vandoorne, while TAG Heuer Porsche duo André Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein remain evenly-matched in seventh and eighth in the points table – the latter posting fastest lap in Morocco on Formula E’s most recent visit.

The current top ten is completed by former title-winners Lucas Di Grassi (ROKiT Venturi Racing) and António Félix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH), both of whom are lap record-holders around the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan.

Di Grassi’s fastest race lap in 2019 has yet to be beaten, while da Costa set a new benchmark in qualifying the following year, going on to dominate the E-Prix to the tune of more than ten seconds – an almost unheard-of margin in Formula E – as he embarked upon a three-race winning streak that laid the foundations for his first Drivers’ crown.

Elsewhere in the 22-strong field, Jaguar TCS Racing’s Sam Bird is a three-time podium-finisher in Marrakech, winding up second in 2016 and third in both 2018 and 2019 – in the latter of those years, having started from pole. The Briton – the third-most victorious competitor in the history of the all-electric single-seater series – has just four points-scoring results to his name thus far this season, so will be fired-up to return to the rostrum at a happy hunting-ground.

Nissan e.dams duo Sébastien Buemi and Maximilian Günther similarly boast excellent previous form in Morocco. The Swiss star – Formula E Champion in 2015/16 – triumphed in the inaugural E-Prix there six years ago and finished second in 2018, with Günther matching that result in 2020.

Mahindra Racing, meanwhile, might have enjoyed only slim pickings in 2021/22 – a seventh place for Oliver Rowland in Berlin last month the highlight of a disappointing campaign to-date – but the Anglo-Indian outfit has an impressive 50 per cent strike rate in Marrakech, achieving back-to-back successes in 2018 and 2019, not to mention pole position and a podium two years earlier. Another champagne celebration this time around would help to elevate the squad up the championship table.

Round ten of the 2021/22 Formula E season will get underway at 17:00 local time (18:00 CET) on Saturday, 2 July.

WHAT'S NEW FOR 2022

- Introduction of a new qualifying format featuring Groups and head-to-head Duels.


- Formula E’s all-electric Gen2 cars will be able to use 220kW of power, an increase from 200kW in Season 7, during races. Power during ATTACK MODE will also increase to 250kW from 235kW in Season 7.

- Races can now have extra time of up to a maximum of 10 minutes added when incidents result in a Safety Car or Full Course Yellow neutralisations during the standard 45-minute plus one lap race.

Please find here the 2021 - 2022 Sporting Regulations.

THE 2022 TRACK

MEDIA CENTRE



 

Opening Hours of the Media Center

- Friday 1st July 08:00 - 20:00
- Saturday 2nd July 07:00 - 21:30

2022 ABB FIA FORMULA E MARRAKECH E-PRIX TIMETABLE 
 

Friday 1st July

 

 

 

Starts

Ends

Lenght

Activity

17:00

17:30

00:30

FREE PRACTICE 1

 

 

 

 

Saturday 2nd July

 

 

 

Starts

Ends

Lenght

Activity

07:30

08:00

00:30

FREE PRACTICE 2

09:40

09:52

00:12

QUALIFYING Group A

09:57

10:09

00:12

QUALIFYING Group B

10:17

10:32

00:15

QUARTER FINAL

10:36

10:46

00:10

SEMI FINAL

10:50

10:55

00:05

FINAL

≈17:04

 

 

RACE (45' + 1 lap)


MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES
 

Friday 1st July

 

13:45 - 14:00

Team Representatives FIA Press Conference

 

Sylvain Filippi - Envision Racing

 

James Barclay - Jaguar TCS Racing

 

Jérôme d'Ambrosio - ROKiT Venturi Racing

 

 

14:00 - 14:15

Drivers FIA Press Conference

 

António Félix Da Costa - DS Techeetah

 

Sébastien Buemi - Nissan e.dams

 

Oliver Turvey - NIO 333 Racing

 

 

14:15 - 14:30

Media Pen

 

Avalanche Andretti Formula E

 

DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT

 

DS TECHEETAH

 

Envision Racing

 

Jaguar TCS Racing

 

 

14:30 - 14:45

Media Pen

 

MAHINDRA RACING

 

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team

 

NIO 333 Formula E Team

 

Nissan e.dams

 

ROKiT Venturi Racing

 

TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team

 

 

Saturday 2nd June

 

18:30 - 18:45

FIA Press Conference top 3 drivers

18:45 - 19:00

Media Pen

 

Avalanche Andretti Formula E

 

DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT

 

DS TECHEETAH

 

Envision Racing

 

Jaguar TCS Racing

 

 

19:00 - 19:15

Media Pen

 

MAHINDRA RACING

 

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team

 

NIO333 Formula E Team

 

Nissan e.dams

 

ROKiT Venturi Racing

 

TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team


2022 ABB FIA FORMULA E MARRAKECH E-PRIX ENTRIES


2022 ABB FIA FORMULA E WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS 

The classification of the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is available on the following link.