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Da Costa (DS Techeetah/Michelin) takes Marrakech laurels

Antonio Felix Da Costa steered his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-Tense FE20 to victory in Marrakesh, home of Round 5 of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Morocco, Africa’s number one nation in terms of renewable energy, has hosted Formula E action every year since 2016.

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BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

Formula E’s fifth campaign, which stars a new generation of more powerful single-seater electric cars boasting extended range, kicked off in the streets of Diriyah on Saturday December 15 in wet weather!

Heavy showers forced the organisers to modify the morning’s free practice and qualifying timetable, but da Costa kept his head to score his first pole position in the BMW iFE 18 which, like all the cars, was equipped with the brand new Michelin Pilot Sport.

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For its debut, Michelin’s latest-generation Formula E tyre faced an exceptionally broad spectrum of conditions which ranged from extremely wet in qualifying to a drying and dusty track for the race itself.

The Michelin Pilot Sport rose to the challenge in style, though, to showcase its exceptional versatility, performance and longevity from start to finish of the championship’s very first 45-minute race, a new format which no longer includes mid-race car swaps.

Da Costa held his advantage until Lap 14 when he was passed by defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin). Soon afterwards, he was relegated to third spot by André Lotterer (DS Techeetah/Michelin).

The two DS Techeetah drivers were then handed a drive-through penalty, however, allowing da Costa to recover the lead which he defended to the flag, unfazed by a late safety-car interruption prompted by a suspension problem on the Penske EV-3/Michelin of podium challenger José-Maria Lopez.

Da Costa went on to pocket his second E-Prix win and BMW i Andretti Motorsport/Michelin’s first in the all-electric championship, while Vergne passed d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing) in the dying moments to grab second spot.

A superb late move saw Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin) finish in fourth place, ahead of Lotterer (who posted the fastest race lap: 1m12.591s) and Nissan e.dams/Michelin pair Sébastien Buemi (6th) and Oliver Rowland (7th).

After starting 12th and 18th on the grid, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin’s Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi ended up eighth and ninth, with the first ever Formula E champ Nelson Piquet Jr (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin) rounding out the afternoon’s top 10.

The second round of Formula E’s Season 5 will take teams to Marrakech, Morocco, on January 12.

Ad Diriyah E-Prix – Final positions:

1, Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), 33 laps

2, Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +0.462s

3, Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing), +4.033s

4, Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +5.383s

5, André Lotterer (DS Techeetah), +5.579s

6, Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +6.625s

7, Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +9.105s

8, Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +9.819s

9, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +10.936s

10, Nelson Piquet Jr (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +11.564s

Etc.

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