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Di Grassi top in Marrakesh FP1

Lucas Di Grassi topped the times as Venturi ran into problems in the first practice session in Marrakesh.

Di Grassi, one of only two drivers to complete a lap at 200kW, set a time of 1m20.310s, nearly a second faster than Jerome D’Ambrosio in second.

Team-mate Daniel Abt was the fastest driver not to set a lap time at qualifying pace. The Audi driver’s 1m21.577s time put him ahead of Mitch Evans and Sebastien Buemi.

Drivers had to navigate a number of yellow flags as they familiarised themselves with the Moroccan circuit, most caused by the Venturi duo. Both Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara stopped on track multiple times throughout the 45 minute session. After a strong Hong Kong outing, neither could complete a competitive lap time, with Engel finishing the better of the two in 17th.

DS Virgin set the pace early in the session as Sam Bird and Alex Lynn swapped times at the top of the order, but both dropped backwards as others improved. Bird ended the session sixth fastest, less than a tenth of a second behind Daniel Abt, while Lynn dropped to 12th.

Jean-Eric Vergne claimed seventh ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr, Felix Rosenqvist, and Oliver Turvey.

PosForenameSurnameLapsGap
1LucasDI GRASSI2501:20.310
2JérômeD'AMBROSIO180.914
3DanielABT251.267
4MitchEVANS211.302
5SébastienBUEMI231.322
6SamBIRD221.341
7Jean-EricVERGNE241.384
8NelsonPIQUET231.509
9FelixROSENQVIST261.520
10OliverTURVEY231.587
11AndréLOTTERER231.683
12AlexLYNN211.706
13José MariaLOPEZ251.795
14NicolasPROST261.885
15NickHEIDFELD211.972
16Antonio FelixDA COSTA262.292
17MaroENGEL182.852
18LucaFILIPPI163.459
19TomBLOMQVIST243.997
20EdoardoMORTARA254.662

Bethonie Waring

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