Sebastien Buemi continues to dominate season 3 of Formula E, taking a second win at the inaugural African round in Morocco this weekend. The Renault e.Dams driver kicked off the season in style by winning round 1 in Hong Kong and has repeated the same fate by taking victory during round 2 in Marrakech.
This was the first time Formula E has toured Africa as the all-electric series strives to achieve a wider fan base across all regions.
For Buemi, a win meant that Renault e.Dams continues to lead the teams’ standings with 74 points, second place is a tie between ABT and Mahindra Racing each with 36 points. While Buemi leads the drivers’ standings with full 50 points available in the first two rounds, his WEC rival Lucas Di Grassi is down in second with 28 points.
Buemi started the race from P7 after collecting a post-qualifying 5s penalty, allowing Felix Rosenqvist to get away soon after the start. The DTM driver now racing with Mahindra marked his second Formula E race in this round, and managed to lead for 27 of the 33 total laps. Rosenqvist was ready to claim his first FE victory in just 2 starts but his pitstop strategy worked against him.
The Swede pitted earlier than Buemi and had to conserve energy towards the end of the race. Meanwhile, Buemi had consumed more energy during the start but managed to save it lap by lap. After Rosenqvist made his stop, the Renault driver made his way into the lead with little effort, there were a few errors including braking too late at turn 11 but not enough to keep him away from the top podium spot.
Second place turned into a fight between Sam Bird and Rosenqvist, but the latter had to save energy in the final laps which ultimately denied him P2. Bird drove his DS Virgin car home in second while Rosenqvist savaged the final spot on the podium by finishing third. That was still an impressive finish given this is only his second start in FE.
Fourth place went to the other Renault of Nico Prost followed by Di Grassi. The ABT man had a challenging qualifying, he started from 12th but after a series of overtaking maneuvers he managed to finish fifth. Daniel Abt finished behind his teammate in sixth, enough to keep the team in second place on the standings.
Seventh place went to NextEV driver Oliver Driver followed by Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne, Heidfeld from Mahindra and Jose Maria Lopez from DS Virgin to round off the top ten.
Round 3 will take place on 18th Feb, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.