Formula E champion Buemi fastest after Marrakech practice

Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time in practice for the Marrakech round of the 2016/17 season

Formula E champion Buemi fastest after Marrakech practice

The electric single-seater series is using the same Moulay El Hussan circuit layout raced on by the World Touring Car Championship, and Hong Kong winner Buemi comfortably eclipsed the best time from the tin-top event earlier this year.

The Renault e.dams driver's 1m20.599s effort in the second of the two sessions was a full second faster than Rob Huff's pole time in May's WTCC event.

Buemi, who required a battery change after the opening session, was a quarter of a second clear of Mahindra's Felix Rosenqvist in FP2.

The majority of drivers focused on runs at race power (170kW) in FP1, and most of the field did not complete a 200kW run in FP2 either thanks to a crash for Sam Bird with a few minutes remaining.

The DS Virgin driver lost the rear through Turn 8 and drifted into the wall in a heavy impact that left the car stranded and caused a red flag.

Bird's team-mate Jose Maria Lopez also had a difficult practice session, damaging both his cars in FP1 after impacts with the wall.

Triple WTCC champion Lopez has three years' experience of the Marrakech circuit, but ended FP2 down in 15th without posting a representative lap time.

With the second session not restarted, Buemi was left quickest from Rosenqvist, Jean-Eric Vergne, Oliver Turvey and Loic Duval.

In the morning session, Lucas di Grassi was quickest with a 1m21.923s lap.

A cold start to the day, combined with a lot of sand on the circuit, meant the session was considerably slower and featured many errors.

Di Grassi had a scruffy session and was one of several drivers to make a mistake under braking for Turn 7, while Jaguar's Mitch Evans spun at Turn 1 after getting onto the dusty outside line.

Jaguar continued its low-key start to Formula E with a muted practice, which ended with Evans 14th and Adam Carroll 20th.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m21.923s - 23
2 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 1m22.105s 0.182s 23
3 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 1m22.636s 0.713s 22
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault 1m22.754s 0.831s 23
5 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti 1m22.782s 0.859s 20
6 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 1m22.836s 0.913s 21
7 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 1m22.945s 1.022s 23
8 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m23.133s 1.210s 18
9 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m23.174s 1.251s 25
10 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 1m23.259s 1.336s 25
11 Sam Bird Virgin DS Virgin 1m23.302s 1.379s 20
12 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m23.325s 1.402s 24
13 Oliver Turvey NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m23.388s 1.465s 23
14 Jose Maria Lopez Virgin DS Virgin 1m23.451s 1.528s 16
15 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 1m23.546s 1.623s 22
16 Adam Carroll Jaguar Jaguar 1m23.714s 1.791s 20
17 Maro Engel Venturi Venturi 1m23.849s 1.926s 23
18 Robin Frijns Andretti Andretti 1m23.990s 2.067s 20
19 Ma Qinghua Techeetah Renault 1m24.265s 2.342s 26
20 Loic Duval Dragon Penske 1m24.382s 2.459s 17

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 1m20.599s - 16
2 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 1m20.834s 0.235s 10
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault 1m21.209s 0.610s 15
4 Oliver Turvey NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m21.453s 0.854s 15
5 Loic Duval Dragon Penske 1m21.549s 0.950s 12
6 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m21.585s 0.986s 15
7 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m21.731s 1.132s 13
8 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti 1m21.775s 1.176s 12
9 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m21.776s 1.177s 16
10 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 1m21.825s 1.226s 9
11 Sam Bird Virgin DS Virgin 1m21.913s 1.314s 11
12 Maro Engel Venturi Venturi 1m22.339s 1.740s 16
13 Ma Qinghua Techeetah Renault 1m22.365s 1.766s 15
14 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m22.591s 1.992s 14
15 Jose Maria Lopez Virgin DS Virgin 1m22.654s 2.055s 9
16 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 1m22.904s 2.305s 16
17 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 1m23.048s 2.449s 16
18 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 1m23.387s 2.788s 13
19 Robin Frijns Andretti Andretti 1m23.455s 2.856s 9
20 Adam Carroll Jaguar Jaguar 1m24.341s 3.742s 13

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