2019-20 FE Marrakesh EPrix Preview

FIA Formula E is in action once again this weekend as it heads to Marrakesh in Morocco for the fifth race of the 2019-20 season.

Mitch Evans leads the drivers championship after winning in the previous round in Mexico. He is is only one point ahead of BMW’s Alexander Sims going into this weekend’s race.

Sims is closer to Evans than he is to third placed Antonio Felix da Costa who is seven points behind the Briton. The DS Techeetah driver moved up from seventh in the championship after a strong performance in the previous round in Mexico. He is however only one point ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne who goes into the weekend fourth in the championship, nine points off the championship leader after crashing out in the previous round.

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Six points behind Vandoorne is Lucas di Grassi who has remained fifth in the championship over the last few rounds.

Sixth placed Sam Bird and seventh placed Oliver Rowland are level on points going into the Marrakesh EPrix and are therefore both ten points behind Vandoorne.

Santiago race winner Max Gunther goes into the weekend in eighth having been unable to build on his maiden Formula E win. He is three points ahead of Edoardo Mortara and four ahead of Andre Lotterer as Mortara managed to finish in the points while Lotterer claimed three points for grabbing pole position in Mexico.

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Ten points cover Nyck de Vries in eleventh down to Daniel Abt in seventeenth. This includes Sebastien Buemi who goes to Marrakesh having finally managed to score his first points of the season, after claiming third in Mexico. The ‘most in form’ of this seven driver group is fourteenth placed Pascal Wehrlein who has been classified inside the top ten in the last two races prior to Morocco with a fourth place finish in Santiago followed by a ninth place in Mexico.

Heading into the weekend there are four drivers yet to score points, those being the two NIO 333 drivers of Oliver Turvey and Ma Qinghua as well as Dragon’s Nico Muller and Porsche’s Neel Jani.

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BMW go to Morocco still in the lead of the teams’ championship and are fourteen points ahead of second placed Jaguar Racing who have risen up the standings thanks to Mitch Evans victory in Mexico.

Jaguar are the start of a very close group of three with the British team only one point ahead of Mercedes and two points ahead of DS Techeetah. Although Jaguar did win in the previous round it is DS Techeetah who are coming off the back of a better result having got both cars into the top five in the round prior to Morocco.

There is then a twelve point gap between DS Techeetah and Nissan who find themselves only three points ahead of Audi with Virgin Racing two points behind Audi and five behind Nissan. Nissan are the team with the better previous result having got both cars into the top ten in Mexico.

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There is another fourteen point gap between Virgin and Venturi Racing who are three points ahead of Porsche and seven points ahead of Mahindra Racing. Venturi have so far scored points in every race this season with Porsche failing to score in two races and Mahindra failing to score in one.

Dragon are fifteen points behind Mahindra while NIO 333 remain the sole team yet to score any points so far this season.

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The 2019-20 season has so far seen four different race winners in Sam Bird, Alexander Sims, Maximilian Gunther and Mitch Evans. However the series has also seen four different championship leaders with Bird, Sims, Stoffel Vandoorne and Evans all having led the drivers championship this season.

The longest point scoring run by any driver is three races, with da Costa and di Grassi the only two going into this weekend with a three race point scoring streak.

It makes seeing who will win in Marrakesh and who will leave Morocco as the championship leader interesting not to mention the drivers and teams who can continue building momentum.

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