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Jerome D'Ambrosio wins Marrakesh E-Prix for Mahindra

Nishant Raj
ANALYST
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101   //    13 Jan 2019, 07:42 IST

Formula E Championship - Ad Diriyah E-Prix
Formula E Championship - Ad Diriyah E-Prix

Jerome D'Ambrosio won the Marrakesh E-Prix, after BMW team-mates Antonio Felix Da Costa and Alexander Sims came to blows, in what should have been a dominant 1-2 finish for BMW Andretti Formula E team.

Robin Frijns and Sam Bird of Envision Virgin racing completed the podium in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Sam Bird started the race on pole but was unable to match his scintillating qualifying pace and slid down the field to eventually finish in 3rd place. Nonetheless, it was a successful outing for Envision Virgin racing after both of their cars finished pointless in the previous race.

Alexander Sims, recovered after his contact with Da Costa to finish in 4th place. The Brit had been running close 2nd to Da Costa for most of the race and it looked like BMW were comfortably in control of the race when Sims made an overtaking move on the outside of turn 7. The pair locked wheels and subsequent collision put Da Costa into the wall and out of the race.

Last year's champion, Jean-Eric Vergne started the race from 2nd place but initial contact with Sam Bird on the opening lap meant that the Frenchman dropped to the back of the field. He then drove a fighting race to finish in 5th place. His team-mate Andre Lotterer started the race from 21st after making a mistake in qualifying but he too carved his way up the field to finish in strong 6th place. DS Techeetah now leads the manufacturer championship.

Sebastian Buemi and Mitch Evans were also involved in 1st corner incident, as both of them took swerved to avoid the spinning Techeetah of Vergne, dropping them down to 13th and 14th places respectively. Both of them recovered to finish in points with Buemi in 8th and Evans in 9th.

There was also drama in the mid-pack as Season 3 champion, Lucas Di Grassi tail ended Mahindra of Debutant Pascal Werhlein through Turn 1. That meant an early retirement for German in what had been a dream debut.

Lucas recovered to finish in 7th. His team-mate Daniel Abt rounded off the top 10 in what was another disappointing race for Audi team.

Back in the pack, HWA team-mates Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffet collided on the opening lap, with both of them retiring due to subsequent damages.

Jerome D'Ambrosio now leads the driver's championship with a decent lead of 12 points over Race 1 winner Antonio Felix Da Costa. In Constructor's championship, DS Techeetach lead with Mahindra and BMW tied for 2nd place.

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