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2019 Rookie Test
Marrakech Layout 2019
The Circuit Moulay El Hassan.
Test Information
Date 13 January 2019
Location Flag of Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan, Marrakech, Morocco
Lap length 2.971 km (1.846 mi)
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller
Time Day Laps
1:17.074 1 98
Testing Guide
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The 2019 Rookie Test, otherwise known as the 2019 Marrakech Test, was the second of three in-season tests staged as part of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, held at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco on the 13 January 2019.[1] The Rookie Test, conducted the day after the 2019 Marrakech E-Prix, saw all eleven FE teams prepare their cars for twenty-two "rookie" drivers, whom have never raced in the FE Championship, or had held an E-Licence.[1]

Nico Müller would emerge from the test as the fastest driver, piloting the #66 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler to a 1:17.074, the quickest lap of the entire race weekend.[2] He was also one-shy of setting the most laps during the test, an honour that would instead by taken by Jamie Green in the sister #11 Audi.[2]

Background

As with the 2018 visit to the Moroccan capital of Marrakech, the FIA and Formula E would host a Rookie Test, designed to give more drivers a taste of FE.[1] As such, all eleven FE teams were restricted in whom could drive their cars during the six hour test session, although their 2018/19 Championship drivers were allowed to act as driver coaches.[1] Indeed, only drivers who had never competed in an E-Prix were allowed to take part, with most teams expected to field their reserve drivers during the test.[1]

The first team to officially announce their drivers for the test would be BMW i Andretti Motorsport, who called upon factory DTM duo Marco Wittmann and Bruno Spengler.[3] In terms of FE experience it was the veteran Spengler whom had more seat time to call upon, having been listed as BMW's reserve driver for the season, and took part in the 2018 edition of the test with their partners Andretti.[3] For Wittmann, meanwhile, it would be his first taste of an FE car barring some planned simulator experience, and his first time publicly driving a single seater since he tested a Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One car in June 2015.[3][4]

Another team to field a pair of drivers with familiar faces from the DTM would be Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, who were to hand Jamie Green and Nico Müller their set of e-tron FE04s for the day.[5] For Müller it would be business as usual, the Swiss racer having been registered as the team's test and reserve driver since the start of the season.[5] For Green, meanwhile, it would be his first taste of an FE car, and mark his first public drive in a single seater since his triumphant, title winning, campaign in the Formula 3 EuroSeries in 2004.[5]

Audi's customers Envision Virgin Racing, meanwhile, would run ex-Audi WEC factory driver Benoît Tréluyer, as well as the German firm's former reserve Nyck de Vries.[6] Elsewhere Nissan e.Dams were set to run two of the Japanese manufacturer's factory drivers, handing Jann Mardenborough and Mitsunori Takaboshi their first public FE drives.[5] Pietro Fittipaldi, meanwhile, was announced as one of Jaguar Racing's testers, having driven for them during the 2018 Rookie Test, while Harry Tincknell was given their second seat having last tested for the team in 2016.[7][8]

Over at Mahindra Racing there would be a Formula One refugee taking over one of their cars, with ex-Williams racer Sergey Sirotkin getting his first run in an FE car, partnering their development driver Sam Dejonghe.[9] DS Techeetah, meanwhile, were set to run Tatiana Caldéron for the second test in succession, joined by James Rossiter whom tested for them in the previous Rookie Test.[10] Another female racer to get a test in an FE car would be Jamie Chadwick, who would run for the NIO Formula E Team for the second test in succession with hopes of actually getting some time on track.[11] Chadwick was initially announced as the team's only drive, although NIO retroactively added F3 racer Jake Hughes to their line-up on the morning of the test.[12]

The two Venturi supplied teams would announce their driver pairings on the same day, with several familiar names among them, including two reserve/simulator drivers.[13][14] For the factory Venturi squad it would be Arthur Leclerc, the brother of F1 star Charles, and ex-GP2/F2 racer Norman Nato who took their seats, the pair getting their first public run-outs in an FE car at the test.[13] Over at customers HWA Racelab, meanwhile, there would be drives for regular tester Daniel Juncadella, and FE virgin Raffaele Marciello, who had recently quit single seaters for a career in GT racing.[14]

GEOX DRAGON, meanwhile, would opt to field their reserve driver Antonio Fuoco after a promising run for the Italian racer during the Valencia Test.[12] They would subsequently register Felipe Nasr as their second driver, although contractual wranglings regarding the Brazilian racer's participation would deny him from taking part in the opening session.[15]

Entry List

Below is a complete entry list for the full 2019 Rookie Test across each day:

2019 Rookie Test Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car Sessions
2 Dutch Flag Nyck de Vries[6] Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05 All
3 Flag of Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi[7] Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type III All
4 Flag of France Benoît Tréluyer[6] Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05 All
5 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella[14] Flag of Germany HWA Racelab Venturi VFE 05 All
6 Flag of Brazil Felipe Nasr[15] Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3 All
7 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco[12] Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3 All
8 Flag of the United Kingdom Jake Hughes[12] Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team NIO Sport 004 All
11 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Green[5] Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE05 All
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick[11] Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team NIO Sport 004 All
17 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello[14] Flag of Germany HWA Racelab Venturi VFE 05 All
19 Flag of Monaco Arthur Leclerc[13] Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VFE 05 All
20 Flag of the United Kingdom Harry Tincknell[8] Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type III All
22 Flag of Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi[5] Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM01 All
23 Flag of the United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough[5] Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM01 All
25 Flag of the United Kingdom James Rossiter[10] Flag of China DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19 All
27 Flag of Canada Bruno Spengler[3] Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.18 All
28 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann[3] Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.18 All
36 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron[10] Flag of China DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19 All
48 Flag of France Norman Nato[13] Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VFE 05 All
64 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin[9] Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M5Electro All
66 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller[5] Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE05 All
94 Flag of Belgium Sam Dejonghe[9] Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M5Electro All
Source:[12]

Day One

21 of the 22 nominated drivers would be ready to take the start of the session, with only Felipe Nasr unable to climb into his GEOX DRAGON cockpit, for his representatives were still negotiating with the team.[15] Conditions, meanwhile, would be perfect for running as the session got underway at 9:30 local time, with no threat of rain or excessive heat to disrupt the running.[2] If anything the temperatures were on the cooler side for the tyres, although this would improve throughout the day.[2]

Report

The morning session would see Nico Müller emerge as the fastest driver in the field, the Swiss ace piloting the #66 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler to a 1:17.532, on a morning spent focusing on outright pace.[2] A different approach was taken by his teammate Jamie Green, with the Brit ending the session mid-table having focused on race pace instead.[2] Tatiana Caldéron was another standout name, placing second in the DS Techeetah, while Bruno Spengler made it three different manufacturers in the top three in the #27 BMW Andretti.[2]

It proved to be a surprisingly trouble free morning in terms of reliability, with no technical issues causing disruption.[2] Furthermore there would not be any on-track incidents or accidents to meddle with the schedule, meaning everyone was able to record 20 or more laps worth of running.[2] Come the end of the session it was the aforementioned Green who had covered the greatest distance, recording 54 laps in three hours.[16]

The afternoon session saw temperatures climb further into the ideal operating window for the Michelin tyres, meaning there would be a near-universal improvement in times.[2] Indeed, it was Müller who once again emerged with the best effort of the session, claiming a new de-facto circuit record for FE, a 1:17.054.[2] That put the Swiss ace a tenth clear of James Rossiter in second, the Brit using temporary testing teammate Caldéron's #36 car, after the Colombian racer was unable to run in the afternoon.[2]

Caldéron's effort from the morning would still be strong enough to see her end the day in sixth, while the lone GEOX DRAGON of Antonio Fuoco would jump into the top three, claiming a 1:17.338.[2] Rossiter was then classified in fourth in the #25 car, while Nyck de Vries powered a second Audi into the top five, albeit one running in the colours of Envision Virgin Racing.[2] Indeed, de Vries looked set to improve on his 1:17.560, only for damage on the #2 car to end his running before the end of the session.[2]

Elsewhere, Green would have a session ending accident late in the day, the #11 Audi sliding into the barriers in the closing minutes as the Brit tried a late quali-lap.[2] Otherwise it would be a trouble free day across the board, with Green still covering enough distance to top the distance table with 99 laps.[2] Müller was next on that table with 98, while Benoît Tréluyer was the third most travelled driver in his #4 Virgin-Audi, meaning the German marque's quartet of e-tron FE04s had completed 348 laps around Marrakech.[16]

Results

Below is the full result from the first day of the 2019 Rookie Test:

2019 Rookie Test Times
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Time Gap
S1 S2
1st 66 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 98 1:17.532 1:17.074
2nd 25* Flag of the United Kingdom James Rossiter Flag of China DS Techeetah 87 1:18.176 1:17.189* +0.115s
3rd 7 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 89 1:19.367 1:17.338 +0.264s
4th 2 Dutch Flag Nyck de Vries Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 54 1:20.289 1:17.560 +0.486s
5th 23 Flag of the United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams 67 1:19.443 1:17.672 +0.598s
6th 36 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of China DS Techeetah 41 1:17.674 +0.600s
7th 27 Flag of Canada Bruno Spengler Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport 76 1:17.747 1:17.735 +0.661s
8th 17 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 85 1:20.330 1:17.763 +0.689s
9th 19 Flag of Monaco Arthur Leclerc Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 73 1:22.403 1:17.792 +0.718s
10th 48 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 69 1:23.395 1:18.059 +0.985s
11th 64 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of India Mahindra Racing 57 1:18.754 1:18.097 +1.023s
12th 94 Flag of Belgium Sam Dejonghe Flag of India Mahindra Racing 58 1:18.643 1:18.155 +1.081s
13th 22 Flag of Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams 58 1:21.252 1:18.229 +1.155s
14th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Green Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 99 1:19.039 1:18.250 +1.176s
15th 3 Flag of Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 79 1:18.403 1:19.160 +1.329s
16th 5 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 77 1:18.574 1:18.555 +1.481s
17th 20 Flag of the United Kingdom Harry Tincknell Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 69 1:19.020 1:18.623 +1.549s
18th 28 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport 89 1:18.768 1:18.727 +1.653s
19th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom Jake Hughes Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 74 1:19.631 1:23.329 +2.557s
20th 4 Flag of France Benoît Tréluyer Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 97 1:21.187 1:21.181 +4.107s
21st 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 71 1:22.196 1:24.267 +5.122s
NC 6 Flag of Brazil Felipe Nasr Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 0
Source:[16]
  • * Rossiter used the #36 car during the second session as well as the #25.[16]
  • Nasr did not set a time.[16]

References

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2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONHWA RacelabMahindra RacingNIO Formula E TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingVenturi Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraNIONissanPenskeVenturi
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE05BMW iFE.18DS E-Tense FE 19Jaguar I-Type IIIMahindra M5ElectroNIO Sport 004Nissan IM01Penske EV-3Venturi VFE 05
Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr./Alex Lynn • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
E-Prix
Ad DiriyahMarrakechSantiagoMexico CityHong KongSanyaRomeParisMonacoBerlinBernNew York City INew York City II
Tests
ValenciaAd DiriyahRookie TestMexico City
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