Buemi back to form with Marrakesh pole

Buemi back to form with Marrakesh pole

Sweden's Felix Rosenqvist took the lead in the Formula E championship for the first time on Saturday after winning the third race of the season in Marrakesh for India's Mahindra Racing.

But it wasn't until the last few laps that the final results became clear as last year's leader - Buemi, who'd led the race for 29 laps - was taken on the inside of Turn 7 by last year's pole-sitter Rosenqvist, after pulling off a beautifully executed maneuver. He was given a break when Bird slowed briefly on lap 16, one lap before the vehicle swaps, which allowed Mahindra's Rosenqvist to jump into second. When the frontrunners finally stopped Buemi rejoined with a 1.6-second lead, which Rosenqvist quickly halved before easing off slightly and dropping to about a second behind the Renault e.dams.

Buemi led from pole this time but it was the Swede, starting in third place, who took his third career win in the all-electric series.

It was a disappointing session for Techeetah as well, with Jean-Eric Vergne only managing thirteenth on the grid, and Andre Lotterer again looking off the pace down in seventeenth.

That promoted Nick Heidfeld to seventh, followed by Andretti debutant Tom Blomqvist in eighth and Nico Prost and Alex Lynn completing the top 10.

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Engel clattered Heidfeld late on while disputing seventh, but the Venturi driver appeared to be hit by team-mate Edoardo Mortara, who was charging through from the back of the grid.

The points put him fifth in the championship, but the German will start well down the grid in this afternoon's race (4pm) after losing control of his auto in cool, slippery conditions.

It was a return to form as well for reigning champion Lucas di Grassi who finished second after the opening session of qualifying, although he'll be disappointed to start down in fifth after a technical problem blighted his superpole lap.

"It is a nice position to be in and it is great that I've scored good early points because it stops me playing catch-up".

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