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Formula E Marrakech: Da Costa grabs pole, points leader Evans last

DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa took his and his team's first pole position of the 2019-20 Formula E season in Marrakech

Da Costa was the sole driver to make superpole from the opening qualifying group, and went well clear as the third runner on the road in the pole shoot-out with a 1m17.158s.

His benchmark was under serious threat from BMW's Maximilian Guenther and Porsche's Andre Lotterer, both lapping within a tenth of da Costa but ultimately coming up short as the Portuguese driver's pole was confirmed.

Guenther had been quickest of all in the initial qualifying attempts, and looked on course to take pole as he headed da Costa by a tenth and a half after the first two sectors of his superpole lap.

But he was seemingly left to rue a lock-up at the Turn 11 left-hander and came across the line 0.069s off the pace, with Lotterer another 0.026s down - having progressed from group two alongside Guenther.

Mercedes rookie Nyck de Vries was another group-two runner to make superpole despite slapping the wall exiting Turn 11.

He was 0.432s off the pace in superpole, but still a comfortable fourth, ahead of Venturi's Edoardo Mortara and Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi.

Buemi had secured his fourth consecutive superpole appearance by narrowly sneaking into the top six as he went quickest in group three.

Mahindra driver Jerome d'Ambrosio was just two hundredths off denying fellow group-three runner Buemi a superpole berth and will start seventh, ahead of group-one runner-up Alexander Sims (BMW) and Buemi's Nissan squadmate Oliver Rowland.

Rookie James Calado recorded his best Formula E qualifying result so far in 10th for Jaguar.

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne, who had sat out Friday's track action due to illness, was slowest of the group two runners, albeit just 0.336s down on Guenther, and will start the race in 11th.

None of the runners from group four progressed into superpole, with only Brendon Hartley (above) managing a slot in the first half of the starting order in 12th.

The Virgin team, which had looked to revive its title aspirations in Morocco after a painful pair of non-scores in Mexico, will face an uphill battle in the race, with Robin Frijns only 14th after slapping the wall on his flying lap and Sam Bird managing no better than 15th from the opening group.

Mercedes man Stoffel Vandoorne was slowest of the group-one championship frontrunners and will start 18th, but has still enjoyed a better outing than Jaguar's championship leader Mitch Evans.

The pace-setter in practice, Evans had harboured high hopes for qualifying, as he and two other drivers had made the pole shoot-out from group one at the venue last year.

Yet as he forewent a preparation flying lap and sought to leave his push lap as late as possible to get optimal track conditions, Evans instead took the chequered flag on his out-lap, and was consigned to starting from the back of the grid.

Unaware his qualifying had concluded, he went on to reportedly lap the circuit in 1m17.4s, which would've been good enough for first place in the initial combined qualifying order.

Instead, it means Evans is under investigation for taking the chequered flag twice, while the stewards are also looking at 21th-placed Neel Jani's Porsche regarding a potential technical infraction.

Starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Antonio Felix da Costa DS Techeetah DS 1m17.158s -
2 Maximilian Guenther BMW BMW 1m17.227s 0.069s
3 Andre Lotterer Porsche Porsche 1m17.253s 0.095s
4 Nyck de Vries Mercedes Mercedes 1m17.590s 0.432s
5 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Mercedes 1m17.803s 0.645s
6 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams Nissan 1m17.811s 0.653s
7 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 1m17.798s 0.640s
8 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 1m17.830s 0.672s
9 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams Nissan 1m17.839s 0.681s
10 James Calado Jaguar Jaguar 1m17.867s 0.709s
11 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 1m17.928s 0.770s
12 Brendon Hartley Dragon Penske 1m17.944s 0.786s
13 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 1m17.958s 0.800s
14 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 1m18.064s 0.906s
15 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1m18.069s 0.911s
16 Nico Muller Dragon Penske 1m18.203s 1.045s
17 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes Mercedes 1m18.218s 1.060s
18 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 1m18.229s 1.071s
19 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 1m18.313s 1.155s
20 Felipe Massa Venturi Mercedes 1m18.675s 1.517s
21 Ma Qinghua NIO NIO 1m19.359s 2.201s
22 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 1m27.444s 10.286s
23 Neel Jani Porsche Porsche 1m32.690s 15.532s
24 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar - -


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