Felix Rosenqvist took a surprising pole position for Mahindra Racing in Marrakesh. This was just his second race in the Formula E championship, the Swede beat Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi by just thirty-seven thousandths of a second. DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird took third place followed by NextEV TCR’s Nelson Piquet Jr in fourth after making a mistake on his lap in the super pole shootout.
Jean-Eric Vergne had even worse luck as his Techeetah team sent him out too late, which means he did not cross the line in time to start a lap. This means he will start from fifth despite having gone fastest in the group sessions before the super pole shootout. Daniel Abt will start from sixth, after having shown some promising pace in practice aboard his Abt Shaeffler Audi, his teammate Lucas di Grassi only managed to qualify in twelfth.
Nico Prost starts in seventh in his Renault e.dams entry with NextEV TCR’s Oliver Turvey in eighth after a strong qualifying performance from NextEV TCR. Robin Frins and Antonio Felix da Costa rounds out the top ten on the grid. The fifth row on the grid will be an all Andretti row. Mahindra Racing’s Nick Heidfield only managed to go eleventh fastest ahead of Abt Schaeffler Audi’s Lucas di Grassi in twelfth. Jose Maria Lopez finished the qualifying session in thirteenth for the DS Virgin Racing team. Venturi’s duo of Maro Engel and Stephane Sarrazin finished the session in fourteenth and fifteenth. Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans qualified in sixteenth.
Further down on the grid it was quite a disappointing session for the FF Dragon Racing, Jerome d’Ambrosio was only able to go seventeenth fastest with Loic Duval only able to go nineteenth fastest. Ma Qing Hua qualified in eighteenth for Techeetah, splitting the two FF Dragon Racing teammates. Adam Carroll will line up last for the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team after having spun on his qualifying lap.
©Fay Tilley 13th November 2016.