|2020 Marrakesh E-Prix|
The Circuit Moulay El Hassan in 2020.
|Date||29 February 2020|
|Official Name||2020 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix|
|Location||Circuit Moulay El Hassan, Marrakesh, Morocco|
|Lap length||2.971 km (1.846 mi)|
|Distance||34 laps / 101.014 km (62.767 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||António Félix da Costa|
|Fastest Lap||1:20.737 on lap 27|
|António Félix da Costa||Maximilian Günther||Jean-Éric Vergne|
|Winner Team||DS Techeetah|
|2020 Mexico City E-Prix||2020 Berlin E-Prix I|
|Post-Race Test||2020 Rookie Test|
The 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix, formally known as the 2020 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix, was the fifth round of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, staged at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 29 February 2020. The E-Prix would be a late re-addition to the circuit, after the 2020 Hong Kong E-Prix was cancelled due to civil unrest.
Ahead of the race weekend defending Champion Jean-Éric Vergne was treated in hospital with an unspecified illness, resulting in DS Techeetah reserve driver James Rossiter taking part in FP1. Yet, the Frenchman was determined to race, and duly took up his race seat in FP2, and would take part in the rest of the meeting.
Vergne went on to qualify in ninth place, as teammate António Félix da Costa swept to pole position in Super Pole. He was joined on the front row by Maximilian Günther of BMW-Andretti, while Championship leader Mitch Evans failed to set a full power lap in the group stage and started in last place.
The start of the E-Prix saw da Costa ace his start, leaving Günther to fend off the attentions of André Lotterer for second. Nyck de Vries, meanwhile, kept the sister Venturi run Mercedes of Edoardo Mortara at bay to run in fourth, before taking third from Lotterer early on.
da Costa and Günther soon broke free in the early stages, and de Vries was removed from contention due to a re-gen penalty. That left Lotterer at the head of a queue of cars comprising of the rest of the top five, as Vergne quietly climbed the order to run in sixth by lap eight.
Vergne's rise continued as those ahead battled, first taking fifth from Sébastien Buemi before mugging Mortara for fourth. A drawn out battle with Lotterer followed, the German racer managing to get his Porsche back ahead of the Techeetah, as out-front Günther made a move stick on da Costa to claim the lead.
Günther would lead for a handful of laps, before da Costa armed Attack Mode for the second and final time and reclaimed the lead, with Vergne closing on the German youth. Günther armed his second Attack Mode in response to fend off the charging Frenchman, although with six minutes left the #25 Techeetah squeezed past the #28 BMW-Andretti to claim second.
Yet, by this stage da Costa had established a five second lead, meaning Vergne, who had less usable energy than Günther, could only defend second. Günther duly used his energy advantage to continually harass Vergne with time running out, with the Frenchman using his typically aggressive driving style to defend.
Energy use duly came into play on the final lap, with Vergne hitting 1% battery with half a lap to go. Günther continued to push and threw a dummy at the Frenchman to claim second at the penultimate corner of the race, with Buemi, having vaulted past Lotterer and Mortara, right on Vergne's tail in a sprint to the finish.
Out front, meanwhile, da Costa claimed a dominant victory, eleven seconds clear of Günther to claim the Championship lead. Vergne hit 0% energy as he crossed the line but held third from Buemi, while Mortara fended of a charging Evans for fifth. Lucas di Grassi, Lotterer, Oliver Rowland and Sam Bird picked up the remaining points, as Alexander Sims retired on the final lap, having been in the midst of a fight with Mortara and Evans.
The Marrakesh E-Prix was set to miss-out on a spot on the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar, with the addition of several new races in Asia and the return of the London E-Prix. However, after months of civil unrest in Hong Kong, China, the FIA and Formula E Holdings opted to take the Hong Kong E-Prix off the calendar, and hence reinstated the Marrakesh E-Prix. The series would hence return to the Circuit Moulay El Hassan for a fourth consecutive season, with the semi-permanent circuit unchanged, while also scheduling the annual Rookie Test to take place a day after.
An Evans-gelist Performance
Victory last time out had catapulted Mitch Evans to the top of the Championship hunt in Mexico City, the New Zealander having left the Mexican capital with 47 points to his name. Alexander Sims had retained second, and sat just a point behind, while António Félix da Costa had moved into third on 39. Former leader Stoffel Vandoorne had tumbled to fourth after his late exit, Lucas di Grassi had held fifth, while Sébastien Buemi was on the board for the first time in thirteenth.
In the Teams Championship it was BMW i Andretti Motorsport who continued to lead the pack arriving in Marrakesh, largely due to Sims' quiet run to fifth in Mexico. Jaguar Racing had, however, been the big winners in Mexico, as they leapt into second courtesy of Evans' victory, and were just fourteen off the lead. Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team had made way for them, DS Techeetah were up to fourth ahead of Nissan e.Dams, while NIO 333 FE Team were still pointless.
The full entry list for the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix is displayed below:
- * Rossiter took part in FP1 as Vergne was struggling with illness.
Qualifying for the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position. The first group would feature those in the top six in the Championship and so on, with each group getting six minutes on track to set a full 250 kW lap. The top six overall would then progress to the Super Pole shootout, getting one final lap at full power to try and claim pole position.
After the session a point would be handed to the fastest driver in the Group Stage, while three were to be awarded to the winner of Super Pole.
The opening group of the Marrakesh qualifying session would see the top six title contenders venture onto the circuit, with Mitch Evans heading the charge for Jaguar Racing. He would be joined on track by Quali-ace Alexander Sims of BMW i Andretti Motorsport, António Félix da Costa of DS Techeetah, and former Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne in his #5 Mercedes. Completing the sextet would be Lucas di Grassi and Sam Bird in their respective factory and Envision Virgin run Audis.
Sims was the first driver of the first group to exit the pitlane, leaving with three and a half minutes to go to complete a warm-up lap at 200 kW before his flying lap. A few moments later Vandoorne, di Grassi and Bird left almost as one, with the trio running nose-to-tail throughout their warm-up lap, leaving Evans and da Costa as the only members of the group to go straight onto a full-power effort. da Costa was the first of those two to leave, slotting in just behind Vandoorne's cluster, while Jaguar left it very late to let Evans head out.
Indeed, Jaguar waited so long that Evans missed the chance to set a lap at all, the chequered flag appearing 0.268s before the New Zealander crossed the line to start his flying lap. With Evans already out attention focused on the rest of the group, with Sims delivering the first flying lap, a fairly clean run to claim a 1:17.830 barring a small slide in turn one. Vandoorne was next and claimed second only to be instantly bumped by di Grassi, with Bird squeezing in between them, before da Costa swept across the line to go fastest with a 1:17.640 with a very strong first sector the key to his pace.
After qualifying Evans revealed that he had set a c.1:17.400 lap according to Jaguar's telemetry, although the New Zealander was not penalised for crossing the finish line twice at the end of the session.
Group two was to see the second sextet of title pretenders take to the circuit, with track evolution and general one-lap pedigree ensuring that all six members would likely be Super Pole contenders. Two time and defending FE Champion Jean-Éric Vergne would take part in qualifying in-spite of his illness, and would be joined on track by former teammate André Lotterer, driving for Porsche. Rising stars Nyck de Vries and Maximilian Günther would join them in their factory Mercedes and BMW cars, with Oliver Rowland of Nissan e.Dams and Edoardo Mortara's #48 ROKiT Venturi run Mercedes completing the group.
Much like his teammate it was Günther who got the ball rolling, leaving the pitlane with 3:30 left on the clock as the rest of the group trundled out in his wake, all opting to set a warm-up lap. The German youth was hence first to set a flying lap, and duly went fastest overall with a very strong run in the second sector, recording a 1:17.562. de Vries was next to record a time and would best Günther's sector two effort, but undermined his effort by slapping the wall exiting turn eleven and therefore slotted into third on the overall leaderboard.
Following the crabbing #17 Mercedes across the line would be Lotterer, who completed his lap cleanly to go second overall, followed across the line by Mortara, who put the Venturi-Mercedes into third. Rowland was next but minor mistakes on his lap left him seventh, before Vergne charged across the line to complete the second group, going eighth overall. The Frenchman had initially been third in line to set his time, but ran wide at turn eleven on his warm-up lap and hence let the rest of the group move ahead.
The third group of the session featured those positioned thirteenth through eighteenth in the Championship attempt to qualify for Super Pole, headlined by 2015/16 Champion Sébastien Buemi of Nissan e.Dams. Joining the Swiss ace on track would be the remaining two Audis of Robin Frijns, run by Virgin, and Daniel Abt of the factory team, as well as the second Jaguar of James Calado. Completing the group would be the two Mahindras of Pascal Wehrlein and Jérôme d'Ambrosio.
Wehrlein was the first driver on circuit from group three, although Frijns, Buemi and Abt all came out right on his tail and would run in the Mahindra's wake through to the end of their warm-up lap. They were followed out by d'Ambrosio a few moments later, who would almost catch the back of the little quartet before opening his flying lap, while Jaguar, bravely, opted to send Calado out later and let the Brit go straight onto his flying lap. However, after miscalculating Evans' margin to open his lap earlier in qualifying, Jaguar would send Calado out twenty seconds earlier than initially planned, meaning he effectively became the first driver in the third sextet to set a flying lap.
Calado's run was fairly clean, barring a slide through turn eight, leaving the Brit in eighth at the end of his flying lap. Wehrlein was next but complaining of rear instability, leaving him a lowly twelfth, while Frijns clouted the wall hard at turn nine en-route to claiming eleventh. Buemi was next and delivered a clean effort to secure sixth overall, Abt could only manage to claim sixteenth after some unseen errors on his effort, while d'Ambrosio aced his second and third sectors to claim seventh at the end of his run.
Completing the group stage would be the final six in the Championship, which would have the potential advantage of track evolution to aid their bids to make Super Pole. Headlining the sextet would be Felipe Massa in the fourth and final Mercedes, run by Venturi, with fellow F1 refugee Brendon Hartley also on track for GEOX DRAGON. Hartley's teammate Nico Müller was also set to take to the track, as was Neel Jani in the second Porsche, as well as the lowly NIO duo of Oliver Turvey and Ma Qing Hua.
Turvey was the first of the final six to leave the pits, with all six drivers opting to complete a warm-up lap albeit without bunching up as they had before during the earlier groups. Unfortunately for Turvey he would make a mess of his lap, compounding a poor first sector by locking up at the chicane, leaving him in eighteenth at the end of his run. Hartley was next across the line and produced one of the fastest sector two times of the day, but mistakes in the first and third sector left the #6 Dragon in twelfth at the end of his run.
Müller followed his teammate across the line, but a strong first sector was undercut by a poor final sector, dumping him to seventeenth, while Ma would slot into last place in the #33 NIO. Jani was next to complete his lap after overtaking Massa on their warm-up laps, slotting into 21st after mistakes in the first two sectors, while the Brazilian veteran himself could only muster 22nd after a slide in turn three carried him onto the dust.
Günther, Lotterer, Mortara, da Costa, de Vries and Buemi progressed through to Super Pole, with Buemi the first of the six to complete his flying lap in the shootout. The Swiss ace delivered a clean effort, barring a small slide through turn eight, and hence set the benchmark at 1:17.811 with strong times in the second and third sectors. de Vries went next and would shave time off of Buemi's effort in all three sectors, with a notable improvement in sector two, to take provisional pole, recording a 1:17.590.
da Costa was next out and opened his lap in perfect fashion, finding three tenths in the first sector alone before almost brushing the wall at turn seven, although he still delivered the fastest time of the weekend, a 1:17.158. Mortara was the first to try and dethrone the Portuguese racer, but a small error in turn three left the Swiss racer fighting for provisional third with Buemi, and would ultimately edge out his compatriot with a 1:17.803. Both them and de Vries would then be relegated down the field by Lotterer, who recovered from a slow first sector to deliver a stunning combination of fastest times in the second and third sectors to go second with a 1:17.253.
The last man to challenge da Costa was Günther, and the German youth just fell shy of matching the Portuguese ace in the first sector, before acing the second sector to move ahead of the #13 DS Techeetah. However, on the brakes for turn eleven Günther would manage to lock his right front tyre and miss the apex, with the resulting time loss enough to put him back behind da Costa with a 1:17.227, albeit just 0.069s away from pole. Regardless, it was da Costa who claimed the three bonus points for claiming pole position, while Günther would start from second with a bonus point for topping the group stage.
After the Super Pole shootout Frijns and Jani were both penalised after throttle data revealed that they had both used illegal throttle maps, meaning their power delivery from activating the throttle had not matched the homologated maps. Both therefore had their fastest times from qualifying deleted, and hence both officially failed to set a time within 110% of the fastest lap in the group stage, although they would both be allowed to start. Frijns would subsequently lament his penalty, claiming that the spike in his throttle map had been a result of his wall slap during the third group's session.
The final qualifying result for the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix are outlined below:
|2020 Marrakesh E-Prix Qualifying Result|
|1st||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:17.158||—||1||G1|
|2nd||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:17.227||+0.069s||2||G2|
|3rd||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:17.253||+0.095s||3||G2|
|4th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:17.590||+0.432s||4||G2|
|5th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:17.803||+0.645s||5||G2|
|6th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:17.811||+0.653s||6||G3|
|1st||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:17.562||—||SP||G2|
|3rd||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:17.631||+0.069s||SP||G2|
|4th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:17.640||+0.078s||SP||G1|
|5th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:17.743||+0.181s||SP||G2|
|6th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:17.779||+0.217s||SP||G3|
|7th||64||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Mahindra Racing||1:17.798||+0.236s||7||G3|
|8th||27||Alexander Sims||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:17.830||+0.268s||8||G1|
|9th||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||1:17.839||+0.277s||9||G2|
|10th||51||James Calado||Jaguar Racing||1:17.867||+0.305s||10||G3|
|11th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:17.928||+0.366s||11||G2|
|12th||6||Brendon Hartley||GEOX DRAGON||1:18.944||+0.382s||12||G4|
|13th||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:17.958||+0.396s||13||G1|
|14th||2||Sam Bird||Envision Virgin Racing||1:18.064||+0.502s||14||G1|
|15th||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||1:18.069||+0.507s||15||G3|
|16th||7||Nico Müller||GEOX DRAGON||1:18.203||+0.641s||16||G4|
|18th||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:18.229||+0.667s||18||G3|
|19th||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||1:18.313||+0.751s||19||G4|
|20th||19||Felipe Massa||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:18.675||+1.113s||20||G4|
|21st||33||Ma Qing Hua||NIO 333 FE Team||1:19.359||+1.797s||21||G4|
|110% Time: 1:25.318|
|NC*||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||1:27.444||+9.646s||22||G3|
|NC||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||—||24||G1|
- * Frijns had his fastest time (1:18.047) deleted for using an illegal throttle map.
- † Jani had his fastest time (1:18.556) deleted for using an illegal throttle map.
Temperatures were still on the cooler side as the start time approached in Marrakesh, although there was no threat of rain with very little cloud in skies above the Circuit Moulay El Hassan. All 24 drivers would take the start from the grid, with Robin Frijns, Neel Jani and Mitch Evans all allowed to start despite failing to officially set a time within 110% of the fastest in group qualifying. Elsewhere, Jean-Éric Vergne reaffirmed that he would race in-spite of his continuing battle with migraines, while Attack Mode set at two activations lasting for four minutes apiece, with the activation point located on the outside of turn three.
Pole sitter António Félix da Costa aced his start to claim an early lead into the first corner, leaving Maximilian Günther to fend off the attentions of André Lotterer for second into the sweeping left-hander. Günther held the inside line and hence held the position, while Nyck de Vries was able to muscle his way alongside the #36 Porsche, only for Edoardo Mortara to squeeze inside him. The ROKiT Venturi-Mercedes then found itself clambering all over the inside kerb, while de Vries had to cede third to Lotterer on the run out of the corner.
de Vries' patience paid off a few moments later, as Lotterer locked his rear wheels up at the turn four/five chicane and slid wide, allowing the #17 Mercedes to power past on the exit. Behind, Mortara managed to muscle his way back past Jérôme d'Ambrosio, who had swept past the Venturi at the first corner, with d'Ambrosio subsequently making a mistake at the chicane and allowing Oliver Rowland to sneak past. The #64 Mahindra then lost more places to Sébastien Buemi, Vergne and James Calado, with the latter pulling an excellent double move on the #25 DS Techeetah and the Mahindra at turn seven.
Out front, meanwhile, da Costa set about stamping his authority on the race, establishing a one second lead over Günther come the end of the opening lap. Günther, however, had found himself in a secure second after the opening tour, with de Vries having to defend third from Lotterer and Mortara as they opened the second lap. Otherwise it had been a surprisingly clean opening lap, with Evans already up ahead of Ma Qing Hua and Jani at the back of the field, while none of the cars appeared to be carrying damage.
Indeed, the early laps proved fairly tame, with da Costa and Günther easing away at the head of the field, while Vergne made steady progress with a lunge inside Calado for eighth into turn one. Elsewhere, Rowland let Nissan e.Dams teammate Buemi through unopposed at turn seven on lap three, with the majority of the top ten finding themselves stuck behind de Vries. Indeed, the Dutchman appeared to be lacking the pace of those around him, although he was soon removed from contention after being slapped with a drive-through penalty for over-use of re-gen.
However, Lotterer's pace would not improve once the Dutch rookie disappeared, and he hence remained under constant pressure from Mortara and Buemi behind as da Costa and Günther settled three seconds clear up ahead. Behind them, Vergne pounced on Rowland at turn seven to secure seventh, while d'Ambrosio became the first driver to arm Attack Mode on lap eight, followed by Calado on the next tour. They duly did battle at the back of the Lotterer train as, up front, da Costa and Günther both armed Attack Mode for the first time on lap eleven.
Vergne too would activate his first Attack Mode boost on the eleventh tour, and duly used it to dive past Buemi into turn one to secure fifth. Moments later and the #25 DS Techeetah was up the inside of Mortara's #48 Venturi-Mercedes as the Swiss racer armed Attack Mode, and duly secured fourth at the chicane as Mortara ran out of grip defending on the outside line. A lap later and Vergne was in a similar position on the back of Lotterer, although this time Vergne would take the position unopposed as the #36 Porsche armed Attack Mode.
There was a lot of battling further down the field too, with Alexander Sims, Sam Bird and Lucas di Grassi all exchanging blows as they fought at the lower end of the top ten. Pascal Wehrlein was another driver having to battle his way up the order, and duly joined their truel mid-race, while Evans had struggled to make a lot of progress in the early laps, only climbing to eighteenth by lap ten. The New Zealander would, however, pick up his pace as the balance between energy conservation and re-gen came into play, and would begin to make steady progress as others fought around him.
Sims eventually broke free from the group with a move on Calado to secure eighth on lap fifteen, leaving the #51 Jaguar to receive a broadside slap from d'Ambrosio in turn three, which allowed di Grassi to pass them both. Up front, meanwhile, Lotterer surprised Vergne by lunging around the outside of the #25 DS Techeetah to secure third, while Günther went around the outside of da Costa at turn one to secure the lead on lap sixteen. However, da Costa provided very little resistance to the German youth's move, prompting Günther to air his suspicions to the BMW-Andretti team that the Portuguese racer was using Günther's slip stream to conserve energy.
That little exchange allowed Lotterer and Vergne to close in on the duo, while Mortara and Buemi, who had slipped back amid the Attack Mode antics earlier, also began to gain ground. Behind, Sims dived past Rowland at turn one to secure seventh, while Wehrlein used his FanBoost to dart past Bird at turn seven for twelfth, much to the Brit's ire. di Grassi, meanwhile, would have to wait for a couple of laps to find his way past Rowland for eighth to go hunting after Sims, while Evans elbowed his way past a quiet Stoffel Vandoorne at turn one to claim twelfth, having leapt past Bird and Wehrlein during Bird's retaliation.
Back with the leaders and da Costa armed his second and final Attack Mode on lap 21, and duly used it to dive past Günther into turn eleven, prompting the German youth to arm his second boost on the following tour. Behind, Vergne pulled an expert dive inside of Lotterer at turn seven to secure third, and duly charged away to prevent his former teammate from seeking immediate retribution. Elsewhere, Wehrlein picked up a puncture and dropped to the back of the field, Evans forced his way into the top ten with a lunge past d'Ambrosio, while Buemi darted past Mortara as Sims caught onto the back of their tussle.
Vergne waited a few more laps before using his second Attack Mode boost, although when he used it was to devastating effect, for the Frenchman would demolish Günther's three second advantage over him, before diving past the #28 BMW-Andretti for second at turn one. That left him trailing teammate da Costa by three seconds, the Portuguese racer having checked out at the head of the field after taking Günther a few laps earlier. However, rather than hunt down his teammate Vergne seemed unable to escape the attentions of Günther, as behind Evans made his way past di Grassi and Rowland to secure eighth while Mortara managed to briefly get back ahead of Buemi for fifth.
Into the closing stages and energy use would become a major factor, with Vergne in particular suffering a significant deficit to Günther as the race entered its final five minutes. Indeed, it seemed as through everyone bar race leader da Costa, the aforementioned Günther, the charging Evans, and the lapped Ma would be in danger of hitting 0% battery before the final lap, with the fight for fourth in particular condensing dramatically, as Lotterer eased his pace. Indeed, the Porsche's pace dropped so much that Buemi was able to pass and escape up the road with relative ease with three laps to go, leaving the German veteran to fend off the attentions of Mortara, Sims and Evans with time running out.
The fight for second would become vicious with three laps to go, with Vergne aggressively feeding Günther towards the pit wall when the German racer tired to get his nose inside the DS Techeetah into turn one, prompting Günther to look to the outside on the penultimate tour. That was likewise repulsed before Günther tried again on the final tour, with Vergne again managing to elbow the BMW-Andretti wide and hold second. However, having to defend so aggressively had meant that the Frenchman had not been able to re-gen efficiently, and hence meant that he hit 1% battery with half a lap to go.
Yet, Vergne would still defend for all he was worth, driving right in the middle of the circuit on the run to turn seven to deny Günther a chance to lunge inside, and hence draw Buemi into the fight. Günther, however, would overcome the challenge with an excellent move into turn eleven, selling the Frenchman a dummy into the left-hander to seize second with a lunge inside the DS Techeetah. Buemi tried to follow him through but found Vergne sweeping back across his nose, although the #25 DS Techeetah was on 0.1% battery as they entered the final corner.
Out front, meanwhile, da Costa would sweep across the line to secure a dominant victory, almost twelve seconds clear of second placed Günther who still had 1% battery crossing the line. Vergne, meanwhile, just held on to secure third ahead of Buemi, while the fight for fifth was won by Mortara, with Evans crawling all over his tail. Sims had been the big loser on the final lap after contact with Mortara at turn seven had broken a driveshaft on the BMW-Andretti, leaving him on the sidelines, as di Grassi took seventh from Lotterer on the final lap, while Rowland and Bird secured the remaining points.
The final classification of the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:
|2020 Marrakesh E-Prix Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||34||46:52.757||1:21.082||28|
|2nd||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||34||+11.427s||1:21.268||19G|
|3rd||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||34||+12.034s||1:20.911||15|
|4th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||34||+12.282s||1:21.724||12|
|5th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||34||+15.657s||1:21.628||10|
|6th||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||34||+16.335s||1:20.737||9|
|7th||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||34||+18.706s||1:21.970||6|
|9th||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||34||+20.126s||1:21.988||2|
|10th||2||Sam Bird||Envision Virgin Racing||34||+20.295s||1:21.384||1|
|11th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||34||+20.557s||1:21.560|
|12th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||34||+22.373s||1:21.054|
|13th||64||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Mahindra Racing||34||+22.785s||1:22.554|
|14th||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||34||+25.080s||1:21.708|
|16th||51||James Calado||Jaguar Racing||34||+26.528s||1:22.286|
|17th||19||Felipe Massa||ROKiT Venturi Racing||34||+27.486s||1:21.610|
|19th||6||Brendon Hartley||GEOX DRAGON||34||+49.002s||1:22.611|
|20th||7||Nico Müller||GEOX DRAGON||34||+53.075s||1:21.184|
|21st||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||34||+59.969s||1:22.200|
|22nd||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||34||+1:13.414||1:20.345|
|23rd||33||Ma Qing Hua||NIO 333 FE Team||33||+1 Lap||1:23.027|
|Ret||27||Alexander Sims||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||33||Driveshaft||1:21.714|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- G Indicates a driver was awarded a bonus point for setting the fastest lap in the group stage of qualifying.
- Third career victory for António Félix da Costa.
- Techeetah claimed their ninth win as an entrant.
- DS secured their ninth win as a powertrain supplier.
António Félix da Costa secured the Championship lead with victory in Marrakesh, moving onto 67 points and established an eleven point advantage. Former leader Mitch Evans hence slipped to second, but had a ten point lead over third placed Alexander Sims at the end of the Marrakesh weekend. Elsewhere, Maximilian Günther had moved into fourth ahead of Lucas di Grassi, while Stoffel Vandoorne slipped to sixth.
In the Teams Championship it was DS Techeetah who led the charge leaving Marrakesh, their double podium leaving them two shy of the 100 point mark. BMW-Andretti had made way for them, slipping eight behind, while Jaguar Racing dropped to third, and had a 32 point disadvantage to Techeetah. Nissan e.Dams had moved up to fourth ahead of rookies Mercedes, while NIO had once again failed to threaten the points.
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