The 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship resumes this weekend as it returns to the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan in Marrakesh, for the third consecutive year. The Moroccan track has proved a happy hunting ground for Mahindra Racing, with the squad scoring a pole position and podium in 2017 and taking the outright race win in 2018.
Tackling the 2.99km Marrakesh street circuit on Saturday 12 January 2019 for Mahindra Racing is Jérôme D’Ambrosio, who finished on the podium on his debut with the team last month in Saudi Arabia, and Pascal Wehrlein, who will make his first appearance for the team this time out. The result at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix marked the fourth season in a row that Mahindra Racing has scored a podium in the season opener and the squad is aiming to continue that forward momentum.
Following the race, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will see its second in-season test take place on Sunday. The test is restricted to rookie drivers and Mahindra Racing will be running its Simulator and Development Driver Sam Dejonhge and Sergey Sirotkin. Sam has worked closely with the engineering team since his appointment, helping develop the M5Electro on and off track and will be joined by Sergey Sirotkin. At only 23 years old, former Formula 1 driver Sergey’s involvement in the test will bring valuable experience.
“We showed great pace in the opening race and I think a second podium is definitely achievable. Our aim is to keep improving race-on-race and I think we will be stronger in Marrakesh than we were in Riyadh. It’s a challenging street circuit and, while it hasn’t been the best track for me over the past two years, I’m going to make sure that I change that and I’m looking forward to having a good race this weekend. I’m confident that we can maintain the team’s past strong Morocco performance.”
“I’m looking forward to starting my season and I’m feeling well prepared. I’ve spent time in the simulator and getting to know my engineers more following pre-season testing in Valencia. Obviously, I want to be as good as possible and Jérôme has showed that the car is capable of good results, so for me, I want to get the maximum performance out of the car as soon as possible. I like the track and there’s some good opportunities for overtaking; everything in the simulator went well and I think it’s going to be another interesting and unpredictable race.”
“We’re looking forward to returning to Morocco for the second round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. It’s a track where Mahindra Racing has consistently performed at with two consecutive podium finishes including wins in both the race and super pole. The team has been working hard over the festive break to understand why we had a failure in the season opener and we’re happy the Marrkesh E-Prix will remain Mahindra Racing’s hunting ground. Naturally coming from a podium finish at the opening race we have high expectations for race day and with Pascal making his race team debut, we have a very exciting race weekend ahead.”