Twitter Facebook Youtube

Closed Circuit: MS Amlin Andretti in Marrakesh


Marrakesh and Hong Kong were completely opposite races – MS Amlin Andretti knows it after a disappointing race day on African soil. With one car suffering technical issues and the other fighting the complicated track layout, the American team sees this race as way of learning from the mistakes made, in order to get recharged to race in South America next February.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”THE TEAM” color=”green”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion style=”outline” color=”green” c_icon=”chevron” active_section=”1″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”The team’s race in words” tab_id=”1461512664883-ac9eb41a-467a5043-b5726683-277c”][vc_column_text]

After a fantastic first race of the season in Hong Kong, the American squad went to Marrakesh to give a good spectacle again. However, an issue on Antonio Felix da Costa’s car and the tough track layout, did not make this weekend so pleasant for the blue-coloured cars.

Both da Costa and Frijns strugged and were not able to score points, in a race to forget for the team. Yet both drivers and team members are confident that they will shine again next February in Buenos Aires.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Team mate comparison: qualifying” tab_id=”1461512175704-af49c202-f1e45043-b5726683-277c”][vc_line_chart type=”line” style=”modern” x_values=”Hong Kong; Marrakesh” values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22Ant%C3%B3nio%20F%C3%A9lix%20da%20Costa%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2213%3B%2010%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22turquoise%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%22Robin%20Frijns%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2220%3B%209%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22green%22%2C%22custom_color%22%3A%22%23f7be68%22%7D%5D” title=”Team mate comparison: qualifying”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Team mate comparison: race” tab_id=”1461512175763-831c2584-42cf5043-b5726683-277c”][vc_line_chart type=”line” style=”modern” x_values=”Hong Kong; Marrakesh” values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22Ant%C3%B3nio%20F%C3%A9lix%20da%20Costa%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%225%3B%2020%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22turquoise%22%7D%2C%7B%22title%22%3A%22Robin%20Frijns%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%226%3B%2011%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22green%22%2C%22custom_color%22%3A%22%23f7be68%22%7D%5D” title=”Team mate comparison: race”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”The team says: “…“” tab_id=”1461512258191-0360a250-a68c5043-b5726683-277c”][vc_column_text]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]

“It just wasn’t our day. António unfortunately had a problem with car which caused it to switch off. It took a little while to get restarted and in the end we lost a lap or two. […] Then Robin was driving a fairly steady race hitting his energy targets and then made a mistake in braking and let a few cars past. With the way the race unfolded, with no significant incidents and everyone managing their energy, he wasn’t able to make up the spots”, expressed Roger Griffiths, Co-Team Principal, after the race. “We are a little disappointed, to be honest, but it was a great racetrack and our first time here in Africa. We are pleased to be here and will look onward to the next race in Argentina”.


[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Championship standings” tab_id=”1461512214611-352b21f1-c5375043-b5726683-277c”][vc_line_chart type=”line” x_values=”Hong Kong; Marrakesh” values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22MS%20Amlin%20Andretti%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2218%3B%2018%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22green%22%7D%5D” title=”Championship standings”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”António Félix da Costa” color=”green”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion style=”outline” color=”green” c_icon=”chevron” active_section=”1″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”António Félix da Costa’s race in words” tab_id=”1461512310664-cbeb96df-4af05043-b5726683-277c”][vc_column_text]

The start of the race seemed promising for the former Team Aguri and DTM driver, who was able to gain a position straight away after the red lights went out. Energy management was also being perfectly controlled by da Costa, until problems started on Lap 11, when a technical issue made the car stop on track.

The Portuguese swapped to his second car, in order to attempt to capture the fastest lap, and therefore earn a point for the championship. He briefly got it, until Loïc Duval set a new fastest lap record, meaning da Costa was ultimately unable to score any points.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Lap chart” tab_id=”1461512310716-c8bf2e2d-dbb95043-b5726683-277c”][vc_line_chart type=”line” x_values=”Starting position; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33″ values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22Ant%C3%B3nio%20F%C3%A9lix%20da%20Costa%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2210%3B10%3B9%3B9%3B9%3B9%3B9%3B9%3B9%3B9%3B9%3B20%3B20%3B20%3B20%3B20%3B20%3B19%3B19%3B19%3B19%3B19%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22turquoise%22%7D%5D” title=”António Félix da Costa: lap chart”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”The race in numbers” tab_id=”1461512375203-dc62694e-d0395043-b5726683-277c”][vc_column_text]

Best time in FP1: 1:22.782 (P5)


Best time in FP2: 1:21.775 (P8)


Best time in qualifying: 1:22.073 (P10)


Best time in the race: 1:23.088 (lap 20)


Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 179.077s (129.077s above minimum time)

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”António Félix da Costa says: “…“” tab_id=”1461513354622-5577f4b1-edaf5043-b5726683-277c”][vc_column_text]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]

“We had a good start to the race and gained a position straightaway. I was feeling good in the car. […] Then we had a technical issue with the car and we stropped on track. That was the end of the race for us, really. […] It’s frustrating because it has been a month of hard work for the MS Amlin Andretti team and to die right there is hard to swallow. We need to regroup and get everyone motivated to go again in Buenos Aires”, Da Costa goes back to Buenos Aires next February, where he scored his first and only victory in Formula E in 2015.


[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Championship standings” tab_id=”1461513704972-abbca216-e1a55043-b5726683-277c”][vc_line_chart type=”line” x_values=”Hong Kong; Marrakesh” values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22Antonio%20Felix%20da%20Costa%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%2210%3B10%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22turquoise%22%7D%5D” title=”Championship standings”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Robin Frijns” color=”green”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion style=”outline” color=”green” active_section=”1″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”Robin Frijns’ race in words” tab_id=”1461512547855-b3644413-70595043-b5726683-277c”][vc_column_text]

Frijns started the race in the top 10, however dropped out of the points positions on lap 5 and struggled to fight his way back in. The Dutchman would later express that the car did not feel very good during the race.

After the car swaps, Frijns continued to struggle with gaining places. As the drivers ahead of him were showing good pace and managing their energy well, he could not overtake, with the Dutch driver also citing an unhelpful track layout for his struggles. He ultimately finished in P11, just outside the points.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Lap chart” tab_id=”1461512548457-fc72c98b-1a615043-b5726683-277c”][vc_line_chart type=”line” x_values=”Starting position; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33″ values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22Robin%20Frijns%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%229%3B9%3B10%3B10%3B10%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B11%3B11%3B11%3B11%3B14%3B13%3B8%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B12%3B11%3B11%3B11%3B11%3B11%3B11%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22green%22%7D%5D” title=”Robin Frijns: lap chart”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”The race in numbers” tab_id=”1461512549057-0abe4d02-33bc5043-b5726683-277c”][vc_column_text]

Best time in FP1: 1:23.990 (P18)


Best time in FP2: 1:23.455 (P18)


Best time in qualifying: 1:21.912 (P9)


Best time in the race: 1:24.675 (lap 22)


Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 51.254s (1.254s above minimum time)

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Robin Frijns says: “…“” tab_id=”1461513386630-de10c68d-06ab5043-b5726683-277c”][vc_column_text]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]

“It’s more competitive and everybody has the same way of driving now so it’s getting tougher to overtake. It’s a bit of a shame we didn’t score any points today, at maximum we could have been P8. Hopefully the next race will be a better one”, explained the Dutchman, who had a brilliant race in Hong Kong last month, but suffered some misfortunes last weekend on Moroccan soil.


[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Championship standings” tab_id=”1461513723518-ee223709-f56c5043-b5726683-277c”][vc_line_chart type=”line” x_values=”Hong Kong; Marrakesh” values=”%5B%7B%22title%22%3A%22Robin%20Frijns%22%2C%22y_values%22%3A%228%3B%208%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22green%22%7D%5D” title=”Championship standings”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


Images courtesy of FIA Formula E Media