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Rosenqvist Targets Marrakesh Formula E Pole Double

Felix Rosenqvist targeting a back-to-back pole positions in Morocco this weekend…

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Previous Marrakesh Formula E pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist has set his sights on claiming back-to-back pole positions in Morocco today.

Rosenqvist, who sits second in the current ABB Formula E Championship standings following the opening round in Hong Kong, believes that his experience from his maiden pole at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in November 2016 can be reprised.

“I will take the good memories of last year and try again yes, but of course it is a whole new challenge now even closer in terms of competition between the teams so it will be tough,” Rosenqvist told e-racing365.

The Swede, who claimed the fourth pole position of his Formula E career in Hong Kong last month, thinks that his usage of the Michelin tires was crucial in his 2016 top spot.

“On these tracks and especially with the surface here in Marrakesh you can lose a lot on the Super Pole lap, because if the tires don’t cool down enough you lose a lot of performance and you slide. So last year we really had to manage this,” he said.

“Last year I remember that I had a very aggressive lap in the actual group qualifying and I was P2 and then in the Super Pole I took it quite easy. We saw some guys previously making mistakes so I brought it all back a bit and it was quite a chilled lap.

“We know we are stronger and we have good momentum so if we continue with this trend then we can be challengers. I’m sure of it.”

Rosenqvist also explained how multiple mistakes from much of the field in Formula E races over the course of a season is part and parcel of the all-electric championship.

“My trend has been that more mistakes have actually come in which is obviously a trend you do not want to have,” he explained.

“But we see all kinds and most drivers making a variety of mistakes and I think many of them are related to the brakes because it is a tough brake surface.

“The [braking] system is not at the same level to other components on the car, so these random things happen and it can catch you out.

“I actually like this because if you get it nailed and mastered then it can make a difference, so the satisfaction is really high when you do manage to get it all right.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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