Jermome D’Ambrosio took victory in the Marrakesh ePrix this weekend following a race of attrition that saw the dominant BMW team throw away a certain 1-2 in the closing stages.
With the field of Formula E drivers taking to the unforgiving Marrakesh street circuit for the second round of the 2019 ABB Formula E championship, it would be former Formula One driver Jermome D’Ambrosio who would come out of the carnage on top of the podium, the Mahindra Formula E driver taking his first win of the season following contact between the race leading BMW drivers of Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Simms.
With BMW out front and seemingly set for an easy 1-2 finish, Simms would launch an attack on da Costa during the final six laps of the race, the British driver finding his Portuguese team mate in uncompromising mood as he launched his car to the outside of turn 7, making contact between the two drivers as da Costa locked up and eventually dropping the Englishman down to fourth position, a much more successful race ending than befell his teammate, who would take no further part in the action after abandoning his car in the trackside barriers following the contact.
Da Costa would eventually lay the blame for the accident firmly at his own door, going on to apologise to the team for a lost victory this weekend, following a race winning opening weekend for team and driver last time out in Saudi Arabia:
“I’m sorry – that’s a mistake and a mistake coming from me only,” "we lost a one-two, and even if it was just me, Alex could have won the race. “But because of that, I denied him the win, denied the team a one-two. I’m feeling very bad for myself.”With BMW taken out of the running at the head of the pack, it would be down to D’Ambrosio to pick up the pieces and secure a well earned race victory, the Mahindra driver taking the chequered flag ahead of Audi pair Robin Frijns and polesitter Sam Bird. Simms would eventually salvage fourth place overall, just ahead of 2018 champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer in sixth.
Marrakesh ePrix Results:
- Jerome d’Ambrosio - Mahindra
- Robin Frijns - Virgin Audi
- Sam Bird - Virgin Audi
- Alexander Sims - BMW
- Jean-Eric Vergne - DS Techeetah
- Andre Lotterer - DS Techeetah
- Lucas di Grassi - Audi
- Sebastien Buemi - e.dams Nissan
- Mitch Evans - Jaguar
- Daniel Abt - Audi
- Jose Maria Lopez - Dragon Penske
- Maximilian Gunther - Dragon Penske
- Edoardo Mortara -Venturi
- Nelson Piquet Jr. - Jaguar
- Oliver Rowland - e.dams Nissan
- Oliver Turvey - NIO
- Tom Dillmann - NIO
- Felipe Massa - Venturi
DNF - Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 25 Retirement
DNF - Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 3 Retirement
DNF - Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 1 Retirement
DNF - Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 1 Retirement
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