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Evans quickest in Marrakesh final practice

Mitch Evans went fastest in the final qualifying session ahead of the Marrakesh E-Prix.

The Jaguar driver was more than two tenths quicker than the next fastest driver, although he told the team it was “quite a bad lap”.

Lucas di Grassi took second quickest, ahead of Robin Frijns and Pascal Wehrlein.

Andre Lotterer set the pace in the first part of the session, but slipped backwards as drivers began testing Attack Mode.

Antonio Felix da Costa, who was quickest in Friday practice, jumped to the top of the order, before being surpassed by Sebastien Buemi, Oliver Rowland and Evans, all of whom were only separated by 0.002s.

Maximilian Guenther was the first to run at full qualifying power, setting a 1m17.841s lap time around the Marrakesh circuit.

It appeared da Costa would join him at the top of the order, but was held up by Ma Qing Hua in the first sector. Despite going faster than anyone in the second sector, he couldn’t reach the top five, and he ended the morning P15.

Evans toppled Guenther in the closing stages of the session, setting a 1m17.309s lap. Alexander Sims and Nyck de Vries also found improvements to go faster than Gunther, but would be pushed back to fifth and sixth quickest before the end of the session.

Guenther ended the morning seventh, ahead of James Calado and Rowland.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who missed Free Practice 1 due to an illness, was back in the car for Techeetah, but didn’t set a lap at full power or complete the end of session practice start. He was 23rd quickest, ahead of only Ma Qing Hua.

Bethonie Waring

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