Porsche is confident in the Marrakesh E-Prix


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After the eventful Mexico Metropolis E-Prix with heights and The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E crew goes deep in Morocco in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019 / 2020 chasing points again. Thanks to the first pole situation for Porsche in purely electric motorsport at the last E-Prix, the crew is optimistic about the Marrakesh E-Prix.

The two Porsche works drivers Frédéric Makowiecki (FR) and Thomas Preining (AT) will do a trace after the fifth race of the season, on March 1st 2020, the official rookie test for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E crew.


Questions and answers about the Marrakesh E-Prix


Neel Jani (Porsche works driver, # 18)


Can you say used to be about the route in Morocco?

“The route offers a combination of flowing passages with long curves and angular sections. It is partly a permanent racetrack, which probably has more grip than other typical Formula E courses, similar to the Drop battle in Mexico. The energy consumption is also quite high there, so you have to drive efficiently and have to find a suitable racing strategy. ”


Will you score your first points at the Marrakesh E-Prix?

“The past three races were rather difficult for us as a crew. In Santiago de Chile and Mexico City in particular, we had good chances for points, but were unable to use them. I hope that for us in Morocco there will now be a race weekend where everything runs smoothly and we will finish with points without incidents and penalties. ”


André Lotterer (Porsche works driver, # 36)


The pole situation for Porsche in Mexico City battle another highlight after your second place in Diriyah. Are you planning to use the Marrakesh E-Prix?

“It's nice that we have already achieved a podium and pole position in our first four Formula E races. The results prove that the Porsche 99 X Electric is a competitive car. We continue to learn and are positive to confirm this performance at the Marrakesh E-Prix. The power density should be quite high due to the layout of the track, so it is particularly important that everything fits together in qualifying. ”


Is used to be the key to success?

“The route is very special because we drive very close to the old city walls. The course has it all. There is a little bit of everything – both slow and fast corners. I magazine the layout. The correct vehicle setting and good energy management are the key factors. It will not be an easy race because this route offers many overtaking opportunities and we therefore have to use the amount of energy available more efficiently. ”


Amiel Lindesay (Head of Formula E)


A podium and a pole situation after four races: can you be satisfied with these results so far?

“We can be very happy with second place and the pole situation in our young debut season. After the first row initiate in Mexico City, expectations were high. We had set the goal of victory, among other things. It is a pity that André had to end his race early due to damage to the car. Nevertheless, we have once again demonstrated the good performance of the Porsche 99 X Electric , used to be crew and drivers for the Marrakesh E-Prix gives them confidence. ”


Interesting facts about the Marrakesh E-Prix


The layout

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is coming to Marrakech for the fourth time. The day before the race (28. February) there is a short function test (shakedown) and a 45 minute free coaching. On the day of the race itself (29 das 30 – second minute free coaching on the program. In the subsequent qualifying session, four groups of six drivers each are formed. The breakdown is based on the current driver classification. André Lotterer starts in tenth place in group 2 and Neel Jani with place 23 in group 4. The drivers have six minutes each to set their personal best. The fastest six pilots from all groups then qualify for the 20 – minute expansive poles. There it will be decided who will start the race from the first, second and third row. The race lasts 45 plus one lap.


The distance

The 2, 971 km long “Circuit Global Car Moulay El Hassan” runs through the streets of Marrakech and runs along the old city wall. With slow and fast sections, the route offers a combination of different curve variations. The course is considered a partially permanent race track and therefore has significantly less bumps than typical Formula E city courses.


The times

Qualification and the Marrakesh E-Prix race will be broadcast on Eurosport.

  • Qualification: Eurosport 1, 29. February 2020, 11: 00 – 12: 00 clock, live (CET)
  • Race: Eurosport 1, 29. February 2020, 14: 45 – 16: 00 clock, live (CET)

The ARD broadcasts the Formula E race on Saturday from 15: 00 – 16: 00 clock in the ARD live stream (available only in Germany).

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