Formula E, ABT and the climate summit visit Marrakesh
For the first time Formula E goes to the African continent: On Saturday (November 12), the electric racing series holds its second round of the season in Marrakesh. Good timing: whilst ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport fights for trophies with drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, heads of state from all over the world are meeting for the United Nations Climate Conference ‘COP22’.
From 19th on the grid to second on the podium, drama until the final lap, small mishaps and triumphs all within a few hours: The Formula E season opener four weeks ago was not for the faint hearted. And it all concluded with a champagne party with Lucas di Grassi on the podium. Now it’s time for the next round: the setting on Saturday in Marrakesh is the longest circuit of the season, at 2.971 kilometres.
“I’m looking forward to Marrakesh and I can promise that we are going to attack again,” says Lucas di Grassi. His ascension from 19th to second place in Hong Kong was the biggest fight-back ever seen in Formula E’s young history. “It’s good to know that with optimal energy management and a perfect team strategy we can still overcome difficult situations.” He feels well prepared for the second series event: “My team and our partners never rest. They work tirelessly between the races and are always improving even the smallest details that can really be decisive.”
Teammate Daniel Abt travels to Africa feeling optimistic. “It’s my first race in Africa and as always I’m looking forward to the setting and the atmosphere.” While many competitors stumbled in a chaotic qualifying in Hong Kong, the 23-year-old, who is the second-youngest on the grid, held his nerve and nailed down fourth on the starting grid. An unavoidable collision prevented a top result. “But we know that we have what it takes to be at the front. This is my goal for Marrakesh: a strong qualifying next time out and then a clean race without incidents.”
Formula E is the official partner event of the UN Climate Conference “COP22”, which takes place in Marrakesh at the same time. Those taking part include US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “A race along side this summit is yet another milestone for Formula E,” says Team Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt. “The whole world will be looking at Marrakesh during these few days – and for us that is even more motivation to present the series and our team with a good result.”
As always, Formula E will hold free practice, qualifying and the race within hours of each other. Lights out are at 4 pm local time, (5 pm CET). The race at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, which is also used by the World Touring Car Championship, will see over 33 laps and will be broadcast live on Eurosport.
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