Bird takes Marrakesh pole

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Bird takes Marrakesh pole

Formula E

Bird takes Marrakesh pole


Despite sustaining damage during the qualifying session, Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird claimed pole position ahead of the Marrakesh E-Prix.

Behind Bird was Nissan e.dams and former Marrakesh winner Sebastien Buemi with BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Alex Sims starting the race in third. Fourth on the starting grid is DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne with his teammate Andre Lotterer starting in sixth and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans in fifth.

After posting one of the fastest times early on in the session, BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix da Costa missed out on Super Pole, qualifying seventh — although the Portuguese driver is under investigation.

Behind da Costa is Mahindra Racing’s rookie driver Pascal Wehrline, who makes his debut at the Marrakesh E-Prix. He will start the race in eighth with Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns starting in ninth despite posting the fastest time in the first Practice session.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Nelson Piquet Jr. will start 10th followed by Mahindra Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio. Former champ Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) will start the race in 12th after struggling with the morning’s practice sessions due to a broken water pump. Behind di Grassi on the grid is Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland.

In 14th is Geox Dragon’s Jose-Maria Lopez, followed by Oliver Turvey (NIO Formula E Team) and Venturi’s Felipe Massa in 16th. Audi’s Daniel Abt will start 17th after an unfruitful morning in Marrakesh.

Starting the race in 18th is Edoardo Mortara, who celebrates his 32nd birthday today. NIO driver Tom Dillmann will sit behind him followed by HWA Racelab’s Gary Paffett.

Geox Dragon’s Max Guenther stopped on track after making contact with the barrier coming out of Turn 6 and HWA’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who suffered a power failure, was denied the chance to post a qualifying time. He will start the race at the back of the grid.