After taking an impressive 18 championship points and sitting pretty in third will Andretti emulate their success into round 2 in Marrakesh?
The Andretti Formula E team enters Round 2 of FIA Formula E competition with 18 championship points, sitting third in rankings and holding a two-way tie with second-ranked team ABT Schaeffler. Team drivers Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns will compete in their pair of MS Amlin Andretti ATEC-02 cars around the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan. The 2.97km anti-clockwise circuit has previously hosted other motorsport events, including the WTCC Race of Morocco.
Roger Griffiths | Co-Team Principal, Andretti Formula E
“Coming out of Hong Kong, the team was on quite a high, not only with the race result but also how it was achieved following the qualifying crash and the efforts by everyone to ready Robin’s car. In the race, both Antonio and Robin demonstrated the competitiveness of the ATEC powertrain, this was particularly satisfying to see following the challenges leading in to the previous season.
“Looking to Marrakesh, the semi-permanent track looks to be well laid out, having a good combination of technical sections and passing opportunities. The racing should be exciting for Formula E’s first visit to the African continent and the team has worked hard to make further progress from both an engineering and operational perspective which hopefully will bring further points paying results for MS Amlin Andretti and maintain the team’s strong start in the championship.”
Robin Frijns | MS Amlin Andretti
“The Marrakesh circuit is the longest on the calendar and it’s going to be a tough race for everyone requiring a lot of energy management. Looking back at the Hong Kong race, I think we had a pretty good weekend — we’re (tied for) second in the team championship, so we started the season well which was a goal for the team. We will wait and see how this weekend goes in Marrakesh – of course we are looking to do the same job as we did in Hong Kong. As I said before it’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be tough for everyone.”
Antonio Felix da Costa | MS Amlin Andretti
“(Morocco) is a new country for myself, as well as for Formula E, and these new horizons are part of what is so exciting about this championship. The circuit looks quite interesting, so it could be a fascinating race. With a lot of fast sections, there’s going to be some fairly severe energy management, and that’s going to be the biggest factor in the minds of drivers and engineers here. Whoever gets it right can expect to reap the rewards. It looks like there will be plenty of overtaking opportunities too, so we can look forward to good racing. It’s really tough to say where we’ll be in terms of our performance – this track might not suit us as well as Hong Kong did, but we’ll aim, like always, for first place, and see where we shake out.”