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Closed Circuit: Faraday Future Dragon Racing in Marrakesh


After scoring six points in Hong Kong, Faraday Future Dragon Racing hoped for a larger points haul in Marrakesh. Instead, it was a day to forget for Jay Penske’s squad, as they were only able to bring home one solitary point from North Africa.

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Neither Jérôme d’Ambrosio nor Loïc Duval managed to get the best out of their Penske 701-EV powertrains in qualifying; d’Ambrosio lined up P17 and Duval P19. The race would not be much better as the Belgian racer made up four positions to finish in 13th, while Frenchman Duval was hampered by electrical issues and could only finish 18th.

One bright spot for the American squad was the single point scored by Duval for the fastest lap of the race, that he went for after it became clear that he was no longer in contention for points.

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Following on from a disappointing non-score in Hong Kong, Duval was hoping for a stronger day in Marrakesh for the second round of the season. FP1 saw him in last place, but he could improve to fifth position in FP2, therefore raising hopes for a strong qualifying. However he could only manage a lap good enough for P19, ahead of Adam Carroll’s Jaguar.

A busy first few laps saw him pass Mitch Evans and Ma Qing-Hua, whilst at the same time losing a place to Carroll which saw him running in P18. He soon dispatched Carroll though and, after passing team-mate d’Ambrosio and taking advantage of a technical issue for António Félix da Costa’s MS Amlin Andretti, Duval was up in 15th place.

Following a good car swap – just 1.448s above the minimum time – he ran as high as 13th, but electrical problems forced him to stop on track and reset his car several times. He fell out of contention for the top 10 and decided to aim for the fastest lap point – which he achieved when he set a 1:22.600 on lap 30. This was his final lap on track and he finished 3 laps down.

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Best time in FP1: 1:24.382  (P20)


Best time in FP2: 1:21.549 (P5)


Best time in qualifying: 1:23.933 (P19)


Best time in the race: 1:22.600 (Lap 30 – fastest lap of the race)


Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 51.448s (1.448s above minimum time)

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[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]It was a really quick track with a lot of opportunities to overtake. In the second stint unfortunately we had a problem with the car, which was shutting down so I had to reset it all the time but still I was able to do a few laps and one was good enough to be the fastest lap.[/perfectpullquote]

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The Belgian recovered from 18th on the grid in Hong Kong to finish 7th and take home six valuable points. And a similar charge through the field was required in Marrakesh following a qualifying that saw him place just one position higher in P17. However this time he was unable to gain too many places; he passed Mitch Evans on track and took advantage of the misfortunes suffered by team-mate Duval as well as Nelson Piquet Jr and António Félix da Costa in order to come home in a quiet 13th.

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Best time in FP1: 1:22.836  (P6)


Best time in FP2: 1:22.904 (P16)


Best time in qualifying: 1:22.681 (P17)


Best time in the race: 1:24.946 (lap 22)


Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 53.847s (3.847s above minimum time)

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Difficult weekend for us. We ll be back stronger in Argentina! ?? Thanks Marrakech for having us! @fiaformulae @ffdragonracing

A photo posted by Jerome D’Ambrosio (@jeromedambrosio7) on

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Laurence Thorn |


Title image courtesy of FIA Formula E Media

Other images courtesy of Rajan Jangda