Following a hot and challenging race in Jakarta, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship makes its return to Marrakesh for the fifth time this weekend. For the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, it will be only the second time competing in Marrakesh. The race is taking place in the city’s Agdal district, in close proximity to the medina and the world-renowned souks. The team are looking to improve on their result in Jakarta this weekend as they return to Morocco and head towards the back end of the season with just four race locations still to come. The race in Marrakesh is held at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan and it runs at 2.971km in length, with multiple long stretches and 12 turns, combining the permanent racetrack with public roads.
The temperature is expected to be higher than the last race in Marrakesh which was held in February 2020. Conditions are expected to put the Gen2 car tyres to the ultimate heat test, with track temperatures expected to climb to 52℃ at the local race start time of 5pm in the evening. Driver Stoffel Vandoorne commented on the expected race conditions in relation to the previous race in Indonesia, “Like our last outing in Jakarta, the temperatures will be a challenge for the tyres, the battery and the energy management, so we can expect a tough race.” His teammate Nyck de Vries looked ahead to Saturday’s race and set out his expectations for the return to Morocco: “Personally, I’ve found Marrakesh a fun circuit to drive around previously, so I am looking forward to returning to the circuit and hunt down some good points for the team.”
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Team Principal of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, Ian James, spoke about the challenges the team would be facing this weekend, taking things up a notch further than the last race in Jakarta: “We have been here before in the team’s debut season and proved to be quite competitive around the circuit. That being said, this season will be a completely different challenge. Not only because the field is more competitive than ever before, not just because we are over the halfway point in the season and the battle for points gets more fierce every race, but mostly because of the extreme conditions we will be facing in Marrakesh.”
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