Nick Heidfeld: ‘Coasting and conservation’ the key to Marrakesh ePrix

Nick Heidfeld got his season off to an electric start by snatching a podium finish in Hong Kong amid a chaotic race

Nick Heidfeld
Nick Heidfeld at the Hong Kong ePrix. Photographer: Nat Twiss
It wasn’t plain sailing for the German, who crossed the line just enough useable energy left in his battery.

The inaugural Marrakesh ePrix takes place tomorrow and the German is hoping to build upon the strong foundation laid in the first race.

“We had a good weekend in Hong Kong for the opening race and it will be very interesting to see how we perform again because it is still early in the season,” said Heidfeld.

“The Marrakesh ePrix circuit has a lot of quick corners compared to Hong Kong and even compared to most of the other races in Formula E so far. The first two corners are quite special for Formula E as they are quick and long, and you have to keep turning all the way through them.”

The Hong Kong ePrix was incident-filled, and Heidfeld expects a similar level of disruption in Morocco.

“It’s partly a permanent circuit, but still has many walls just like any street circuit, so there will be a high chance of full course yellow or a safety car. Everyone is likely to have a challenge with energy management, because the layout means it’s going to be a race that requires a lot of coasting and conservation. It is also going to be my first time in Africa, so this is something I am looking forward to!”

The Marrakesh ePrix begins at 4pm DST and will be broadcast live on Channel 5.

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