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Mueller Tops Marrakesh Rookie Test for Audi

Audi’s Nico Mueller sets the pace in Marrakesh rookie test…

Photo: Audi Sport

Nico Mueller set the fastest-ever lap in a Formula E car around the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan during Sunday’s in-season ABB FIA Formula E Championship test.

The Audi DTM driver lapped the 1.83-mile Marrakesh circuit in a record time of 1:17.074 to eclipse Sam Bird’s pole position effort from yesterday by 0.4s.

It marked the second consecutive year that Mueller, who led both the morning and afternoon sessions, topped the timing screens in the Marrakesh test which is held for drivers who have not competed in Formula E.

Second quickest was James Rossiter who registered a time of 1:17.189 in the Techeetah-run DS E-Tense FE19.

Rossiter drove both Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer’s cars in the afternoon session because he was conducting back to back tests that required lengthy setup changes.

This was a planned part of DS Techeetah’s overall testing plan as Tatiana Calderon ran in the morning session only.

Rossiter set his best time in Lotterer’s chassis and also took the fourth-best overall lap of 1:17.525 aboard Vergne’s car.

Calderon, meanwhile, set the second-fastest lap in the morning session and the seventh-fastest overall for DS Techeetah, with the Sauber F1 test driver’s time of 1:17.674 being enough to have placed her fourth on the grid for yesterday’s E-Prix.

Antonio Fuoco’s GEOX Dragon-entered Penske split Rossiter’s times with the Ferrari Academy driver placing third overall.

Fifth-fastest was Nyck de Vries in the Audi-powered Envision Virgin usually driven by Sam Bird, while Jann Mardenborough rounded out the top six as the quickest Nissan e.dams driver.

Unlike the last in-season held in Riyadh last month, there was little on-track drama with only three stoppages during a total of six hours of running.

The first intervention was called to retrieve debris while the second was for the recovery of Norman Nato’s Venturi VFE05 which stopped in the first hour of the test with a transmission problem.

Jamie Green, who shared the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler garage with Mueller, also stopped late in the final moments of the day when he impacted the turn seven wall, with the Audi e-tron FE05 sustaining rear diffusor and bodywork damage in the collision.

Felipe Nasr, who was entered by the GEOX Dragon team for the test, did not complete a lap.

This is believed to have been caused by a contractual issue between the Brazilian and the American-entered team.

RESULTS: Marrakesh Rookie Test

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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