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Da Costa Handed Penalty, Loses Third Place Grid Spot

Antonio Felix Da Costa drops three places on Marrakesh grid after qualifying penalty…

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Antonio Felix da Costa has lost his second-row grid spot for the Marrakesh E-Prix after exceeding the maximum power requirements in qualifying.

The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver set the third-quickest time in Saturday afternoon’s Super Pole session, but will now start the race from sixth.

Championship leader da Costa was recorded using 204.92 kW of power on his non-flying lap. The maximum amount stated in the regulations is 200 kW on the lap before the 250kW qualifying effort.

“It was an error,” BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team Principal Roger Griffiths told e-racing365.

“There was no advantage obviously because it wasn’t on his 250 [kW] lap. But a rule is a rule and we accept that.

“It was just a spike when we are controlling it to a target and it didn’t do the job well enough. Ironically in practice it was fine but we start third and sixth so we are still in reasonable shape.”

This means da Costa’s BMW teammate Alexander Sims moves up to the second row of the grid alongside 2016 Marrakesh winner Sebastien Buemi, while Mitch Evans gets promoted to fifth.

Sam Bird will start on pole for the second round of the 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship after finishing on top in a dramatic qualifying session.

The Envision Virgin Racing driver will share the front row of the grid with reigning series champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

STARTING GRID: Marrakesh E-Prix

Sam Smith contributed to this report

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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    January 12, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Guys, please don’t mix up power and energy. This is a max power infringement.

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