When is Formula E’s Marrakesh race and how can I watch it?

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One month on from the season three opener in Hong Kong, Formula E breaks yet more ground this weekend as Marrakesh, Morocco hosts the championship’s first race in Africa.

Sebastien Buemi kicked off his championship defence in style with victory in Hong Kong, but the story of the race was far from straightforward. As many as five drivers could realistically have won the race, setting things up for another close fight in Marrakesh this weekend.

Here’s all the information on how to watch this weekend’s race in Marrakesh.

When is the Marrakesh ePrix?

In Formula E, race day is Saturday, with two free practice sessions, qualifying and the race itself taking place over a single day.

What time are the sessions?

A full schedule for the race weekend is yet to be confirmed by Formula E. However, we can safely assume that the race will start at 4pm GMT, with qualifying taking place from midday. Two practice sessions will be held in the morning as usual. A shakedown session should also be set for Friday afternoon.

Where is the Marrakesh ePrix?

The layout for Marrakesh is identical to the one used for the World Touring Car Championship, based in the centre of the city and not far from the airport.

Here’s what the track will look like (map courtesy of Formula E):


Are the sessions open to the public?

Yes. You can buy tickets via the Formula E website – click here.

When can I watch the race on TV?

For those of you in the UK, Channel 5 will be carrying coverage of the race once again following an impressive first race as host with Hong Kong last month. Here’s when to watch on Saturday:

Qualifying: Spike TV from 1145
Race: Channel 5 from 1530

Who will be racing?

All 10 teams and 20 drivers signed up for Formula E and who raced in Hong Kong will be back for more in Marrakesh. Revisit their performances last time out with our handy driver rating piece here.

How else can I follow the race?

Besides watching it on TV and online, there’s a small team of dedicated media who follow the season around.

When it comes to mainstream motor racing coverage, both Autosport and motorsport.com have journalists present at every race (usually Sam Smith and Scott Mitchell).

For specific Formula E coverage, Current E has sent a dedicated team to every single round of the series since the very first race. You can follow news updates here and at the site’s Twitter and Instagram accounts (@current_e).

Our photographic partner Spacesuit Media will also be there, so there’ll be lots more material appearing at their social media handles. The people and Twitter accounts to follow are: Shiv Gohil (@shivraj_photos), Dan Bathie (@danbathie), Nat Twiss (@nattwiss) and Marta Rovatti Studihrad (MRStudihrad); the company’s main account is @Spacesuit_Media.

Here are all of the Twitter handles for the teams:

Renault e.dams: @RENAULTedams
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport: @abt_formula_e
DS Virgin Racing: @DSVirginRacing
Faraday Future Dragon Racing: @DragonRacing
Mahindra Racing: @MahindraRacing
Venturi: @VenturiGP
MS Amlin Andretti: @MSAmlinAndretti
NextEV NIO: @NextEVFETeam
Techeetah: @TecheetahFE
Jaguar Racing : @JaguarRacing

The hashtag for the race weekend is #MarrakeshePrix

It’s going to be a great weekend as Formula E hits Africa for the first time. As always, keep it Current E.

Luke Smith

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