3/24/2020

The race in the Imperial City.

The most modern racing series in the world hardy knows the meaning of the word ‘break’ these days – the next Formula E race is already pending for this coming weekend. This time on African soil.

There’s barely two weeks between the very eventful race in Mexico and the upcoming E-Prix in Marrakesh – the shortest break so far in the current Formula E season. So the time for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team to take a deep breath was very short. The good news: this makes it easier for all those involved to maintain narrative tension.

On Saturday, February 29, the fifth race of the season takes place in one of Morocco's four imperial cities. For André Lotterer and Neel Jani, the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan is also a culturally contrasting race track: the temporary urban course passes by the adjacent Agdal Gardens, along the centuries-old wall and through the city’s modern hotel quarter. However, the pilots will not have time for a quick look during the race, as it’s going to be very fast due to the nature of the track. Fewer corners than in other race tracks means long straights. Perhaps this is the reason why there has been a different champion at every edition in Marrakesh. The metropolis of 930,000 inhabitants is guaranteed to be an exciting experience for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. Until now, you could expect constant conditions at many races – that’s now going to change in Marrakesh. The weather can quickly turn and thus create new racing conditions. Even the divided race day with free training 1 on Friday, and training 2, qualifying, and the race on Saturday will be a factor.

The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team uses the short time between the races for detailed preparation. Both pilots have been concentrating on becoming acquainted with the unknown course, while the team has been working meticulously on the setup for the Pilot 99X Electric. Additionally, they will also participate in the traditional rookie test in Marrakesh. This takes place on the Sunday after the Formula E race, and offers new pilots the opportunity to gain valuable experience. Thomas Preining and Frédéric Makowiecki will take part in the test for Porsche. There is a lot on offer at this race event, but the main focus is of course on the race itself. The fans can be sure of one thing: everyone is well prepared and hungry to build on the qualifying results in Mexico. After all, memories of it are still fresh...

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