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2020 Rookie Test
Marrakech Layout 2019
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Test Information
Date 1 March 2020
Location Flag of Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan, Marrakesh, Morocco
Lap length 2.971 km (1.846 mi)
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of New Zealand Nick Cassidy
Time Day Laps
1:16.467 1 74
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The 2020 Rookie Test, alternately known as the 2020 Marrakech Test, was the first and only in-season test for the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, staged at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 1 March 2020.[1] The fourth running of the "Rookie Test" format, the Test would see all twelve teams field drivers who had not raced in FE before, but met the requirements to qualify for an E-Licence without holding one.[2]

The Rookie Test would see a new track record set during the afternoon session, with Nick Cassidy piloting his Envision Virgin run Audi e-tron FE06 to a 1:16.467.[3] The sister car run by the factory Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team, piloted by Kelvin van der Linde, topped the morning session with a 1:17.505.[3]

The 24 rookie drivers also covered an impressive amount of distance, completing a combined tally of 1,965 laps, the equivalent of 5,838.015 km (3627.574 mi).[3] ROKiT Venturi test/reserve driver Norman Nato covered the most distance individually with 96 tours of Marrakesh, while the four Mercedes-Benz powertrains in the field, fielded by Venturi and the Mercedes factory team, covered the most distance of any manufacturer at 353 laps.[3]

Background

Speculation about where the annual Rookie Test would be staged began after the release of the provisional calendar for the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as the Marrakesh E-Prix had been dropped from the calendar.[4] That, however, was resolved following the cancellation of the 2020 Hong Kong E-Prix, which resulted in the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix being added to the calendar, with the series returning to an unchanged Circuit Moulay El Hassan.[1] As a purpose built circuit the Circuit Moulay El Hassan was able to host a test with minimal disruption, meaning FE were free to host a test on 1 March 2020, the day after the E-Prix.[5]

Experience vs Potential

Late Change

There would be one late change to the entry list for the test on the eve of the test day, as Nicolas Lapierre was handed the #25 DS Techeetah seat in place of Rossiter.[6] The French veteran was drafted in to replace Rossiter, who had been called upon to take part in FP1 at the Marrakesh E-Prix for Jean-Éric Vergne as the two-time FE Champion was struggling with illness.[6] In order to take part in FP1 Rossiter was issued with an E-Licence which ruled him out of taking part in the Test, and hence allowed Lapierre to make his FE return for the first time since taking part in the 2015 Donington Test.[6]

Entry List

Below is a complete entry list for the full 2020 Rookie Test across each day:

2020 Rookie Test Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of New Zealand Nick Cassidy[7] Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06
3 Flag of China Daniel Cao[8] Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005
4 Flag of the United Kingdom Alice Powell[9] Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06
5 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella[10] Flag of Germany Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
6 Flag of Sweden Joel Eriksson[11] Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-4
7 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara[12] Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-4
11 Flag of Italy Mattia Drudi[13] Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE06
13 Flag of Portugal Filipe Albuquerque[14] Flag of China DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 20
17 Flag of the United Kingdom Jake Hughes[10] Flag of Germany Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
18 Flag of Austria Thomas Preining[15] Flag of Germany TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
19 Flag of France Norman Nato[16] Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
20 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick[17] Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV
22 Flag of Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi[18] Flag of France Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM02
23 Flag of the United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough[18] Flag of France Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM02
25 Flag of France Nicolas Lapierre[6] Flag of China DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 20
27 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer[19] Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20
28 Flag of the United States Kyle Kirkwood[19] Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20
33 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco[8] Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005
36 Flag of France Frédéric Makowiecki[15] Flag of Germany TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
48 Flag of Monaco Arthur Leclerc[16] Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
51 Flag of France Sacha Fenestraz[2] Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV
64 Flag of Brazil Pipo Derani[2] Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro
66 Flag of South Africa Kelvin van der Linde[13] Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE06
94 Flag of Belgium Sam Dejonghe[2] Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro
Source:[2]

Day One

Report

Results

Below is the full result from the first day of the 2020 Rookie Test:

2020 Rookie Test Times
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Time Gap
S1 S2
1st 2 Flag of New Zealand Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 74 1:17.526 1:16.467
2nd 7 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 84 1:18.036 1:16.930 +0.463s
3rd 25 Flag of France Nicolas Lapierre Flag of China DS Techeetah 80 1:18.174 1:17.092 +0.625s
4th 13 Flag of Portugal Filipe Albuquerque Flag of China DS Techeetah 78 1:17.694 1:17.116 +0.649s
5th 28 Flag of the United States Kyle Kirkwood Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport 78 1:18.387 1:17.272 +0.805s
6th 19 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing 96 1:17.770 1:17.302 +0.835s
7th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Jake Hughes Flag of Germany Mercedes 75 1:17.620 1:17.303 +0.836s
8th 27 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport 86 1:18.322 1:17.327 +0.860s
9th 66 Flag of South Africa Kelvin van der Linde Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 84 1:17.505 1:17.360 +0.893s
10th 51 Flag of France Sacha Fenestraz Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 81 1:17.666 1:17.490 +1.023s
11th 5 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Flag of Germany Mercedes 94 1:18.197 1:17.594 +1.127s
12th 11 Flag of Italy Mattia Drudi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 81 1:18.301 1:17.703 +1.236s
13th 20 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 89 1:18.983 1:17.721 +1.254s
14th 22 Flag of Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 79 1:20.505 1:17.799 +1.332s
15th 36 Flag of France Frédéric Makowiecki Flag of Germany Porsche Formula E Team 84 1:18.014 1:17.904 +1.437s
16th 64 Flag of Brazil Pipo Derani Flag of India Mahindra Racing 77 1:17.981 1:17.941 +1.474s
17th 23 Flag of the United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 68 1:18.886 1:17.942 +1.475s
18th 6 Flag of Sweden Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 79 1:18.167 1:18.019 +1.552s
19th 48 Flag of Monaco Arthur Leclerc Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing 88 1:18.939 1:18.076 +1.609s
20th 94 Flag of Belgium Sam Dejonghe Flag of India Mahindra Racing 90 1:18.976 1:18.141 +1.674s
21st 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Alice Powell Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 83 1:18.933 1:18.301 +1.834s
22nd 33 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team 74 1:18.736 1:18.825 +2.269s
23rd 3 Flag of China Daniel Cao Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team 81 1:22.860 1:19.234 +2.767s
24th 18 Flag of Austria Thomas Preining Flag of Germany Porsche Formula E Team 82 1:19.947 1:19.374 +2.907s
Source:[20]
  • Bold indicates a driver's fastest lap from the entire test day.
  • Purple indicates the fastest driver in each session.

References

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