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Buemi snatches Marrakesh Pole

Sebastien Buemi will head up the field for this afternoon’s Marrakesh EPrix. The Swiss driver had a torrid start to the season in Hong Kong, only picking up one point for 10th after Daniel Abt was disqualified. However he was able to put that behind him and set a 1:20.355 in Superpole to bag himself three points and start at the front for the third round of the season.

Qualifying 1 saw rookie Tom Blomqvist, Andre Lotterer, Lucas Di Grassi and the Dragon Cars of D’Ambrosio and the returning Jose Maria Lopez take to the track. Lotterer could only mange 17th, D’Ambrosio 16th, and Blomqvist will start twelfth for his Formula E debut, whereas both Lucas Di Grassi and Jose Maria Lopez made it into Superpole.

The Renault e.dams pairing of Prost and Buemi, along with Luca Filippi, Alex Lynn and Maro Engel took to the track in Qualifying 2, with only Buemi progressing to Superpole. Lynn just missed out and will start sixth, Filippi qualified eleventh and Maro Engel and Nico Prost will line up alongside each other in 14th & 15th.

The third group in qualifying consisted off the top 5 in the championship, Sam Bird, Jean-Eric Vergne, Felix Rosenqvist, Edoado Mortara and Nick Heidfeld. For latter it was a dreadful session, as he crashed out on his 200kw power lap, at turn 11 and will currently line up 18th. It wasn’t much better for Mortara who had broken down on his 180kw lap, then ran off on his 200kw lap, and will start last on the grid. Jean-Eric Vergne failed to live up to his Hong Kong performance and could only manage 13th on the grid while both Bird and Rosenqvist made it into Superpole.

Despite supposedly being the fastest group, Mitch Evans, Nelson Piquet, Daniel Abt, Antonio Felix da Costa nor Oliver Turvey could get into the superpole session. The 2 Jaguars initially locked out the fourth row, but before Turvey or Abt could complete their laps, da Costa had crashed at Turn 7. Those two were sent out again, but Turvey could only manage tenth, whereas Daniel Abt split the Jaguars to go 8th.

Sam Bird was the first out in Superpole and set a decent lap, but he couldn’t hold onto it for long as Buemi went immediately quicker. Lopez was good through the first sector but a scruffy end to the lap put him behind Bird. Lucas Di Grassi showed pace in the first sector, but an error with the Motor generator Unit slowed him for the rest of the lap, and would end up the slowest in Superpole. Rosenqvist was the last out in Superpole, but was a little too rough over the chicane, and that left him third meaning that Sebastian Buemi had taken his first Formula E pole in eight months.

The 2018 Marrakesh EPrix takes place on Saturday 13 January at 16:00UTC

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