DS TECHEETAH driver and flee winner Antonio Felix Da Costa and his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne pulled off a double podium for their team in Marrakesh. Splitting the pair in second develop into as soon as BMW i ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT’s Maximilian Günther
With a correct initiate, pole setter Da Costa led the style into the fundamental corner of the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix, adopted carefully by the man who replaced him at BMW Günther in second and Mercedes-Benz EQ’s Nyck de Vries in third.
Starting from 11th disclose, reigning champion Vergne moved up the inform to seventh, determined to kick initiate his third championship title marketing campaign. On the same time, de Vries dropped from third to the help while serving a power-through penalty for excessive energy regeneration. TAG Heuer Porsche’s Andre Lotterer therefore moved up into third with 28 minutes left on the clock.
The gap between the 2 leaders varied between just a few tenth and a second over the opening few laps, but when both moved to set off the fundamental of their two four-minute assault mode periods, Da Costa made higher use of the extra energy and assign himself two seconds determined of Günther.
Soundless mountain climbing up the inform, Vergne moved into third, slipping past his ragged teammate Andre Lotterer who moved down into fourth. Despite lacking the fundamental Free Observe session the day prior to this as a result of a fever, the reigning champion develop into as soon as doubtlessly going through a podium finish after beginning exterior the pause ten. Vergne dropped help unhurried Lotterer as soon as more rapidly after, because the German had activated his first assault mode later.
Combating laborious for the lead, Da Costa and Günther stumbled on themselves engaged in shut, wheel-to-wheel racing, going aspect by aspect into turn 11, permitting Günther to shut the gap and strive an overtake.
Da Costa fought off this assault, but Günther managed to enact a circulation around the exterior of turn 1 rapidly after and took the lead. Both drivers then undertook essential vitality administration and had been nearly caught by third-placed driver Lotterer.
When the second round of assault mode activations came around, Da Costa reclaimed his lead with the added 35kW. Günther adopted suit with activating his second assault mode, but Da Costa had established enough of a predicament to preserve in entrance. Extra down the inform, Lotterer and ROKiT VENTURI RACING’s Edoardo Mortara battled for fourth and fifth, both in assault mode.
Soundless mountain climbing his arrangement up the inform, Vergne went for second-placed Günther, taking the German driver on the inner of turn 1 and entering into second unhurried his teammate with six minutes and one lap left of the flee. Günther, now down in third sat forward of Lotterer in fourth, while the 2 German drivers competed for a predicament on the rostrum.
With the 2 DS TECHEETAH’s up entrance, Vergne fended off rather just a few assaults from Günther in third, costing him precious vitality, forward of the BMW driver managed to secure past him. Soundless effectively forward, Da Costa took the chequered flag, claiming DS TECHEETAH’s first preserve within the 2019/20 season. Günther made it over the road in second with Vergne shut on his tail in third. Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi carried out in fourth and Mortara in fifth.
Despite starting from the help of the grid, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver and championship leader Mitch Evans has managed to climb 18 areas by the final moments of the flee, finishing in sixth disclose. The New Zealander did now not predicament a time in Qualifying but more than made up for the tough initiate with a trim power during the self-discipline.
System E now heads to Rome for round six of the 2019/20 ABB FIA System E Championship on 4 April.
Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH)
“The preserve this day develop into as soon as correct down to the team. They gave me an improbable automobile and we’re working together to give a boost to. The flee develop into as soon as with out a doubt much harder than it seemed. I needed to be very mettlesome and suave when making any moves. At one point, I needed to let Max with out a doubt shut to push him into the utilization of extra vitality, while with the second assault mode I develop into as soon as combating Andre from getting too shut. In the tip it worked out completely! We planned the flee very effectively and the total work support in Paris paid off. Hats off to JEV this day who, despite having a noteworthy week, pulled through with a podium finish for the team.”
Maximilian Günther (BMW i ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT)
“Combating in opposition to both DS TECHEETAH autos this day develop into as soon as intense. We managed the flee rather effectively and it purchased very provocative when JEV overtook me in opposition to the tip. We knew we could maybe well within the waste secure a circulation, as I had an vitality attend over him. Nonetheless he develop into as soon as defending very effectively, which develop into as soon as stunning play. I discover that what JEV did this day is impressive. I had more vitality compared to him and this made the variation within the final few corners. Also, Antonio develop into as soon as suave in keeping the lead, so congratulations to him!”
Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH)
“It develop into as soon as the toughest flee of my complete profession here at System E. Despite now not being in a disclose to recall fragment in relate the day earlier to this, I had been looking at every person from clinic. I develop into as soon as light now not feeling very effectively this day, but the team did an essential job. Throughout the flee I supreme assign my head down and gave it my all. When my engineer told me midway during the flee that I develop into as soon as in fourth, I couldn’t give it some understanding. I had a correct battle with Max shut to the tip… but I develop into as soon as particular he develop into as soon as going to overtake me within the waste. I tried to defend second predicament as much as I could maybe well, on the different hand I did now not hang the vitality left within the automobile. I’m gay to be help on the rostrum.”