Race Details

Round 2: Marrakesh

Marrakesh ePrix

Following 1-2 qualifying performances at the season-opener in Hong Kong, the NextEV Formula E Team heads to Marrakesh aiming for strong race results in the ‘Red City’.

The 12-turn, 2.97km anti-clockwise Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan has previously been used for other events including the World Touring Car Championship race in Morocco. It is a wide track, with short straights, which should provide plenty of opportunities for overtaking.

Pre-Race Preview

Nelson Piquet:

“My objective for Marrakesh is to have another strong team performance, see the real potential of the car and score as many points as we can.”

“We will keep assessing our strong areas and looking at areas for improvement so that we know the direction that we need to move in. I think Marrakesh looks like a faster track than we are used to as it’s built for racing and the track is slightly wider. It will be an interesting city to race in and I’m looking forward to getting back on track.”

Pre-Race Preview

Oliver Turvey:

“The biggest challenge in Marrakesh will be learning the new track ahead of qualifying as well as executing the race.”

“The track looks an exciting one, with some faster corners and plenty of straights offering many overtaking opportunities. The first sector looks particularly exciting with two fast long corners. My aim is always to win so I will be aiming to go one better in qualifying and to convert this in the race.”

Post-Race 1 Review

Nelson Piquet Jr (Car #3) – finished 16th:

“It’s been a difficult day. We were having an okay race but I knew I couldn’t fight too much against Sebastian [Buemi] and Jean Eric (Vergne), so I kept to my strategy. ”

When I came in for the car change we had an electrical issue which lost us a lot of time and at that point it was game over. It’s very frustrating so now we have to investigate what happened so it doesn't repeat. There’s a big break now until the Buenos Aires race in February so we will look to come back strong.

Post-Race Review

Oliver Turvey (Car #88) – finished 7:

“I got a good start and held position. After that I was able to create a gap to the guys behind, maintained our energy targets and kept a consistent pace.”

“The pitstop went well and the second stint was pretty consistent. I was on my own most of the race, but it’s another race that we learnt a lot and we improved from the last race. We want to be higher up but to score another six points is good.”

Post-Race Review

Gerry Hughes, Acting Team Principal, NextEV Formula E Team

“A difficult day for the NextEV Formula E Team. Qualifying, whilst clearly not the highlight that we witnessed in Hong Kong, was strong for Nelson and it was a shame that Oliver did not make in to Super Pole. ”

“Starting from P3 and P8 on the grid respectively meant that we were well positioned for a strong performance in the race, although Nelson suffered an electrical issue during the car change which dropped him to P18 after the pit stop and effectively ended his race. Oliver had a more straightforward race to P7 but struggled with some brake issues in the second stint, which hampered his progress. Passing Vergne on the last lap secured more valuable points for the team but we have more work to do to improve our race pace compared to our performances over a single lap.”