Luke Smith  |    |  12 November 2016

Sebastien Buemi fights through to Marrakesh Formula E victory


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Sebastien Buemi fought back from a grid penalty to claim his second straight Formula E victory on Saturday in Marrakesh after passing rookie Felix Rosenqvist late on.

Buemi qualified second behind pole-sitter Rosenqvist, but was demoted to seventh on the grid after a technical infringement on his car during qualifying.

The Swiss racer managed to pick his way up to third before pitting, going one lap longer than Rosenqvist and Jean-Eric Vergne in second to give himself more usable energy in the second half of the race.

Buemi put his extra pace to good use, catching Rosenqvist at almost two seconds per lap to pile pressure on the erstwhile leader. With Vergne dropping back after a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane, Buemi had the Mahindra driver firmly in his sights.

Buemi was able to get in Rosenqvist's slipstream before slinging his Renault e.dams car around the outside at Turn 11 to take the lead with six laps remaining.

From there, Buemi managed his remaining energy en route to picking up his eighth Formula E victory, leading Sam Bird across the line after the Briton passed the ailing Rosenqvist late on.

Nicolas Prost finished fourth in the second Renault e.dams ahead of Lucas di Grassi, who battled from 12th on the grid to take P5. Teammate Daniel Abt was sixth ahead of Oliver Turvey, with Vergne lagging home in P8. Nick Heidfeld finished ninth, while Jose Maria Lopez picked up his first Formula E point in P10.

Formula E 2016/2017: Marrakesh - Race Result

Pos Driver Team Gap Points
1   Sebastien BuemiRenault e.Dams25
2   Sam BirdDS Virgin Racing2.45718
3   Felix RosenqvistMahindra Racing7.19515
4   Nicolas ProstRenault e.Dams11.58612
5   Lucas di GrassiABT Schaeffler Audi13.77110
6   Daniel AbtABT Schaeffler Audi18.2338
7   Oliver TurveyNextEV Nio21.7106
8   Jean-Eric VergneTecheetah28.0114
9   Nick HeidfeldMahindra Racing33.6992
10   Jose Maria LopezDS Virgin Racing33.8631
11   Robin FrijnsAndretti37.0920
12   Stefan SarrazinVenturi40.6830
13   Jerome D'AmbrosioFaraday Future Dragon Racing42.0340
14   Adam CarrollJaguar Racing49.0260
15   Ma Qing HuaTecheetah50.4330
16   Nelson PiquetNextEV Nio1 Lap0
17   Mitch EvansJaguar Racing1 Lap0
18   Loic DuvalFaraday Future Dragon RacingDNF0
19   Maro EngelVenturiDNF0
20   Antonio Felix da CostaAndrettiDNF0

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