|Name||ABB Formula E Marrakech E-Prix|
|Circuit||Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan|
|First Race||2016 Marrakech ePrix|
|Last Race||2019 Marrakech E-Prix|
|Most Recent Results|
|Name||2019 ABB Formula E Marrakech E-Prix|
|Pole||Sam Bird 1:17.489|
|Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Robin Frijns||Sam Bird|
|Fastest lap||Lucas di Grassi 1:20.296|
The Marrakech E-Prix is a motorsport event staged in the city of Marrakech (otherwise known as Marrakesh), Morocco, that served as a round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship between 2016 and 2019. First proposed as a host city for the 2016/17 season, Marrakech has since held three ePrix, and played host to two in-season tests for "Rookie drivers".
After three seasons on the FE calendar the Marrakech E-Prix was a surprise omission from the 2019/20 season when the provisional calendar was released, and hence would not return for a fourth successive season. However, after political tensions erupted in Hong Kong during the summer of 2019, the Asian city was stripped of its E-Prix, and hence resulted in Marrakech being reinstated.
First founded in c.1070, Marrakech was originally the capital of the Almoravid Empire, as well as the Almohad Caliphate three quarters of a century later. The city would later be captured by the Marinid Dynasty in the 13th century and lose its capital status to Fez as the city entered numerous rebellions. By 1550 Marrakech was back as a capital city, the home to the Saadian sharifs as they controlled a unified Morocco, before that dynasty was overthrown in the 17th Century.
An Alawite royal household was established in Marrakech, but the city was just one of a number of de facto capitals for the dynasty, with the city receiving a major renovation in the 19th Century. The year of 1912 would see Marrakech fall into the hands of the French Army as they created the French protectorate of Morocco. Once Morocco became independent in 1956 Marrakech would continue its longstanding rivalry with Fez to be recognised as the capital of Morocco, although both would lose out to Rabat in later years.
Formula E History
Marrakech was first proposed as a Formula E host city for the 2016/17 season, getting a place on the provisional calendar released on the 2nd of July 2016. The venue was confirmed alongside a press release announcing that the ePrix would be an official event of the COP22 meeting, set to be held in the city the day after. COP22 were meeting to discuss climate change, with representatives of the world's biggest countries set to debate the issue.
The Marrakech ePrix circuit was revealed as part of the COP22 announcement, using the Circuit Moulay El Hassan, which had previously hosted the 2016 Afriquia Race of Morocco, a WTCC round. The reduced circuit length would mean that the circuit did not have to be changed for Formula E, with the facilities also able to be adopted for the FE machines.
A full list of records for the Marrakech ePrix are outlined below, including a list of race winners.
Below is a list of all of the winners of the Marrakech E-Prix:
|Marrakech E-Prix Winners List|
|2016/17||2016 FIA Formula E Marrakech ePrix||Circuit Moulay El Hassan||12 November 2016||Sébastien Buemi||Report|
|2017/18||2018 ABB Formula E Marrakech E-Prix||Circuit Moulay El Hassan||13 January 2018||Felix Rosenqvist||Report|
|2018/19||2019 ABB Formula E Marrakech E-Prix||Circuit Moulay El Hassan||12 January 2019||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Report|
|2019/20||2020 ABB Formula E Marrakech E-Prix||Circuit Moulay El Hassan||28 February 2020||Report|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 'CALENDAR: MARRAKESH, MOROCCO', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar, (Accessed 22/10/2016)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 'From Hong Kong to New York: FIVE NEW CITIES FOR THIRD FORMULA E SEASON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/from-hong-kong-to-new-york/, (Accessed 02/07/2016)
- ↑ Sam Smith, 'Marrakesh to Host Rookie Test', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC, 09/11/2017), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/marrakesh-to-host-rookie-test/, (Accessed 14/12/2017)
- ↑ '2019/20 calendar revealed: London and Seoul star in sixth Formula E campaign', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/06/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/2019-20-season-calendar-revealed, (Accessed 14/06/2019)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 'Final calendar revealed for season six of ABB FIA Formula E Championship', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/10/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/october/final-formula-e-season-six-calendar-revealed, (Accessed 04/10/2019)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 'History of Marrakech', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 21/10/2016), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Marrakesh, (Accessed 22/10/2016)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 'Formula E joins forces with COP22 for Marrakesh ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/10/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/october/formula-e-joins-forces-with-cop22-for-marrakesh-eprix/, (Accessed 18/10/2016)
- ↑ 'More compact Season 4 calendar revealed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/more-compact-season-4-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 19/06/2017)
- ↑ 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 5', info.fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/06/2018), http://info.fiaformulae.com/season-5-calendar/, (Accessed 07/06/2018)
- ↑ 'Mahindra's d'Ambrosio made up with manic win in Marrakesh', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/race-report---2019-marrakesh, (Accessed 12/01/2019)
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