Rosenqvist takes out Marrakesh ePrix

Felix Rosenqvist

Felix Rosenqvist has taken his second win of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E season thanks to a late-race move past Sebastien Buemi in Marrakesh.

Sam Bird managed to round out the podium despite a gearbox problem.

Buemi (Renault e.dams) qualified on pole on the Moroccan city’s streets and he and Bird (DS Virgin Racing) ran together early on.

However, 16 laps into the 33-lapper, Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) got by Bird for second position when the Brit briefly slowed up, giving Buemi something of a reprieve.

The Swiss driver’s lead of the race grew during the pit stops shortly after, peaking at nearly 1.8s before Rosenqvist began to pull some of the margin back.

On Lap 29, the Swede pulled off a textbook under brakes move to get down the inside of Buemi and take over the race lead.

Rosenqvist quickly gapped Buemi and drove on to his second victory of the season, having inherited the last one due to Daniel Abt’s disqualification.

Bird was nearly five seconds further behind in third position, losing the championship lead to Rosenqvist but only going four points behind.

Nelson Piquet Jr. (Panasonic Jaguar) rose from seventh on the starting grid to finish fourth and Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) came from 13th to fifth.

Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar) went the other way, from ninth when the lights went out to 11th at the chequered flag.

The New Zealander ran as high as fifth position on Lap 12, in part due to other incidents, but pitted earlier than most and was caught out by a full course yellow.

Race 4 of the season is the Santiago ePrix in Chile on Saturday February 3 (local time).

Race results: Race 3, Marrakesh

Pos Num Driver Team Race time/Split
1 19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 48:04.751 (33 laps)
2 9 Sébastien Buemi Renault e.dams +0.945
3 2 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing +5.762
4 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing +6.554
5 25 Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah +12.238
6 6 José María López Dragon Racing +16.491
7 23 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing +28.381
8 27 Tom Blomqvist MS&AD Andretti Formula E +32.380
9 36 Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing +33.520
10 66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +40.951
11 20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +46.278
12 5 Maro Engel Venturi Formula E Team +46.915
13 8 Nico Prost Renault e.dams +53.099
14 28 António Félix da Costa MS&AD Andretti Formula E +1:01.116
15 7 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing +1:13.805
16 68 Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team +1 lap
17 4 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Formula E Team +3 laps
DNF 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team
DNF 18 André Lotterer Techeetah
DNF 1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

Championship points: After Race 3

Pos Driver Pts
1 Felix Rosenqvist 54
2 Sam Bird 50
3 Jean-Éric Vergne 43
4 Nelson Piquet Jr. 25
5 Edoardo Mortara 24
6 Sébastien Buemi 22
7 Nick Heidfeld 21
8 Mitch Evans 15
9 Daniel Abt 12
10 António Félix da Costa 8
11 Oliver Turvey 8
12 José María López 8
13 Alex Lynn 8
14 Maro Engel 6
15 Nico Prost 6
16 Tom Blomqvist 4
17 Luca Filippi 1
18 André Lotterer 0
19 Lucas di Grassi 0
20 Jérôme d’Ambrosio 0
21 Kamui Kobayashi 0
22 Neel Jani 0

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