Dismal day for HWA Racelab at the Marrakesh E-Prix

Dismal day for HWA Racelab at the Marrakesh E-Prix

12.01.2019: Round two of the ABB FIA Formel E Championship ended with two retirements for HWA RACELAB. Both Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne had strugg

Round two of the ABB FIA Formel E Championship ended with two retirements for HWA RACELAB.



Both Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne had struggled with technical issues during qualifying at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan in Morocco. In the race itself, the fightback came to an abrupt end on lap one: a collision involving both drivers brought their race to a premature end.



•    Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne fail to finish


•    Gary Paffett: "It is a case of mixed feelings after the race here in Marrakesh - ultimately, however, it has been a frustrating day."


•    Stoffel Vandoorne: "That was very disappointing, but we will look to bounce back in Santiago.”


•    Ulrich Fritz: "Everyone has worked so hard in recent weeks, but they were not rewarded for their efforts today."

 




The Marrakesh E-Prix started promisingly for HWA RACELAB: the team from Affalterbach kicked off the race day with positive results in the first free practice session at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan. Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished 17th at the opening race of the season in Riyadh, was eleventh fastest in his VFE05. Gary Paffett, who failed to finish in Riyadh, was also within touching distance of the top ten with the twelfth-fastest time.


 
The new team then suffered its first set-back in qualifying: drive problems meant Paffett had to settle for 19th place on the grid. A power shutdown also foiled Vandoorne's flying lap, forcing the Belgian to start race two of the season from the very back of the field.
 


Fans witnessed an eventful start to the 45-minute race, with several drivers falling victim – including the HWA RACELAB duo. A collision involving the two team-mates in turn one resulted in Vandoorne having to return to the pits, from which he never re-emerged. Paffett suffered a puncture as a result of the collision, which also forced the British driver to retire.
 



Quotes on the race 
 




Gary Paffett (37, England, car number 17), DNF



"It is a case of mixed feelings after the race here in Marrakesh. We had a good practice in the morning, when everything ran smoothly. The pace was good and I was very happy with the car. We did not have any issues at all, it was a really good start to the day. Things were a little worse in qualifying. We had balance issues and the car was more difficult to drive. We also had problems with the power units, which resulted in us having to start from well down the grid.



In the race itself, Stoffel braked a little too late into turn one and hit me from the side, causing damage to the car. I then suffered a puncture shortly after and was forced to retire. It is a shame, because the pace in practice was actually really good. However, we have learned a lot over the course of the weekend and will be better prepared as a result - ultimately, however, it has been a frustrating day."




Stoffel Vandoorne (26, Belgium, car number 5), DNF


"Unfortunately, that was a very short race for us. It was all over by turn one. The conditions were tricky at the start, with a lot of smoke and poor visibility. A lot of cars were swerving about and came off the track. I was possibly a little overambitious and was unable to avoid hitting Gary in all the turmoil. It is sad that we were not able to finish the race. It would have been valuable for us to get some kilometres under our belt. Very disappointing, but we will look to bounce back in Santiago."
 



Ulrich Fritz, Team Principal HWA RACELAB



"That was nothing short of disastrous. First the issues with the power shutdown during qualifying, then the two cars hit each other in turn one. That is obviously something that should never happen. Unfortunately, however, that was the case today. I feel sorry for the whole team. Everyone has worked so hard in recent weeks, but they were not rewarded for their efforts today. However, I am confident that the results will come if we continue to work the way we have done so far.”
 



Preview



The next round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship Is the Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix on 26th January 2019.
 


 

           
 

                
Oliver Kapffenstein, photos HWA


Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/dismal-day-hwa-racelab-marrakesh-eprix---185215.html

12.01.2019 / MaP

More News

Marrakesh e-Prix race classification
12.01.2019
FIA FORMULA E 2019Marrakesh E-PrixSaturday, January 12th  20191    #64Jérôme d'AmbrosioMahindra Racing    10 1:22.366  46:45.884 25    2 #4 Robi more >>
Marrakesh E-Prix qualifying classification
12.01.2019
FIA FORMULA E 2019Marrakesh E-PrixSaturday, January 12th  2019 1 #2 Sam Bird    Envision Virgin Racing    –&nda more >>
MICHELIN Pilot Sport: Volle Power in der „Perle des Orients“
11.01.2019
•    Serge Grisin: „In Marokko sind Wetterverhältnisse wie in Saudi-Arabien möglich.“•    MICHELIN Pilot Sport überzeugt als vielseitiger Allrounder: Top-Performance im Trockenen und bei Nässe•    Serienreifen von Michelin profitieren vom Wissenstransfer aus dem Motorsport more >>
Development and race preparation in the BMW i Motorsport simulator.
10.01.2019
Before a Formula E car like the BMW iFE.18 can win races on the track, a great deal of virtual development and preparation work is required. The engineers working on the BMW i Motorsport project use a custom developed and built simulator for that work. It is in this simulator that the majority of testing takes place – both in the development phase as well as in immediate preparation for t more >>
HWA RACELAB kicks off 2019 with Marrakesh E-Prix
09.01.2019
The first race of the new year sees HWA RACELAB travel to Morocco for round two of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship on 12th January. After an eventful Formula E debut in Riyadh, the team from Affalterbach is determined to take another step forward on the streets of Marrakesh. more >>
Stoffel Vandoorne and MPA join forces in dynamic new partnership
09.01.2019
Award-winning UK motorsport communication and sponsorship agency, MPA Creative (MPA) is proud to announce it has been chosen as PR, Sponsorship & Communications partner for elite multiple-championship winning racer Stoffel Vandoorne with immediate effect.  more >>
BMW i Andretti Motorsport travels to Marrakesh well prepared for race two.
08.01.2019
New year, new challenge: After victory on its debut in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in December, the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team is now focussing on the second race of the season in Marrakesh (MAR) this Saturday. Antó more >>
DS TECHEETAH enter the Marrakesh ePrix on top of the standings
07.01.2019
After a great start to the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E season where the newly formed DS TECHEETAH team left the first round with both drivers in the Top 5 and leading the Team’s Championship, the team has had a good rest over the holidays and is now fully charged and r more >>
Audi e-tron FE05 to start New Year in Morocco
07.01.2019
Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi intend to return to top group        Test, data analysis and simulator work as preparation        Jamie Green and Nico Müller to participate in more >>
Marco Wittmann and Bruno Spengler to test the BMW iFE.18.
06.01.2019
Just one day after the second race of the season in Marrakech (MAR), BMW i Andretti Motorsport will attend next Sunday’s official rookie test for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with two BMW works drivers and DTM champions at the wheel of the BMW iFE.1 more >>
Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello attend rookie test for HWA RACELAB
05.01.2019
... at the Marrakech E-Prix One day after the second race of the Formula E season, Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello will represent HWA RACELAB at the official rookie test for the fully-electric racing series in Marrakech (Sunday 13th January). more >>
DS TECHEETAH announces James Rossiter and Tatiana Calderon as rookie drivers
04.01.2019
... for the Marrakesh E-Prix in-season test On Sunday 13 January, on the day after the Marrakesh E-Prix, the ABB FIA Formula E season will conduct a rookie test at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan. more >>
BMW iFE.18 - Other in-house developments
04.01.2019
More than just the drivetrainThe BMW iFE.18, with which the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team won the opening round of this season’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship, consists of many features developed internally at BMW, as well as the more >>
Envision Virgin Racing Positive About Marrakesh Return
04.01.2019
- Drivers Sam Bird and Robin Frijns eager to showcase team’s true potential during second Formula E race- Season five of the all-electric race series continues on January 12 in Marrakesh, Morocco- Team has enjoyed strong form at circuit with podium finish at both previous events  more >>
Nelson Piquet x Kimoa
21.12.2018
Nelson Piquet Jr is delighted to announce he has joined the family of the clothing and accessories brand Kimoa, founded by two-time Formula 1 World Champion, and his former F1 team-mate, Fernando Alonso.Kimoa sells through its ecommerce site more >>
DPPI Photo of the Week #34
20.12.2018
DPPI Images has been providing photographic coverage of major motorsport competitions for 53 years. Every weekend, our photographers travel to the world’s most prestigious circuits and rallies. From the thousands of shots they take, we ask each of them to select just one and tell the story behind it.   more >>
Da Costa drives to victory for BMW in season opener
15.12.2018
Antonio Felix da Costa seals first Formula E win in over three years to ignite championship charge - Season starts in style with nail-biting finish to SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix - Da Costa earns ma more >>
Challenging season-opener for ENVISION VIRGIN RACING
15.12.2018
.... in chaotic Ad Diriyah E-Prix- Drivers Sam Bird and Robin Frijns narrowly miss out on points finish after strong recovery drive in rain-affected Formula E opener- Pair make up 16-places from the back of the grid, showin more >>
Race debut for HWA RACELAB in the ABB FIA Formula E
15.12.2018
The first Formula E season has started for HWA RACELAB with the team gathering some valuable experience for the upcoming races in the fully-electric series. At the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia, Stoffel Vandoorne secured 17th place but his team-mate Gary Paffett had to retire from the race after an accident. This was the very first Formula E race for both drivers – and for the team. more >>
DS TECHEETAH celebrates leading the Championship after first round
15.12.2018
... of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIPAfter an eventful race, it was the DS E-TENSE FE19 of Formula E champion Jean-Éric Vergne that crossed the finish-line in second place after a near double-podium for him and t more >>
Triumphant debut: Félix da Costa wins for BMW i Andretti Motorsport at Formula E season opener.
15.12.2018
 Perfect start for BMW i Andretti Motorsport and the BMW iFE.18 in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship: António Félix da Costa (POR) celebrated victory at the BMW works team’s debut in Ad Diriyah (KSA). Félix da Costa cla more >>
Difficult conditions for Maximilian Günther at the ABB Formula E season opener
15.12.2018
The ABB Formula E debut of Maximilian Günther could not have been more turbulent. Rain on Saturday morning shortened the practice time and made the race day in Riyadh a real test of patience. Maximilian Günther defied the adverse conditions at his first race with GEOX DRAGON and finished in 16th position at the season opener of the all-electric championship. more >>
Formula E: Abt and di Grassi score points at season opener
15.12.2018
Eighth and ninth positions for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in Ad Diriyah        Rain in the desert turns timetable upside down Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored points with both cars at the Fo more >>
Ad Diriyah E-Prix race classification
15.12.2018
FIA FORMULA E 2018SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-PrixAd Diriyah Saturday, December 15th  20181 #28 António Félix da Costa   BMW i Andretti Motorsport1 P 1:13:265 0:46:29:377 28 more >>
Saudi Ad Diriyah E-Prix race live and results
15.12.2018
FIA FORMULA E 2018SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-PrixAd Diriyah Saturday, December 15th  2018WATCH THE Race LIVE here more >>
Antonio Felix Da Costa clinches Pole in Ad Diriyah E-Prix
15.12.2018
WATCH THE Race LIVE here    Da Costa clinches BMW i Andretti Motorsport's first Pole    Wet condit more >>
DS TECHEETAH announces contract extension for Jean-Eric Vergne, reigning Formula E Champion
14.12.2018
DS TECHEETAH has today announced that they have extended their contract with the reigning Formula E champion, Jean-Éric Vergne."We are delighted to announce that we have agreed a new long-term contract with Jean-Éric. He has more >>
Neel Jani switching to the Porsche cockpit of a Formula E car
14.12.2018
Porsche announces first driver for electric racing seriesPorsche continues to gain momentum ahead of its ABB FIA Formula E Championship entry: Neel Jani has been signed as the first driver. With the experienced Swiss racer on more >>
Alejandro Agag to transition to Chairman of Formula E
14.12.2018
Alejandro Agag stepping-up from role of CEO to take position as Chairman of Formula E   Photo caption - Alejandro Agag, Founder & newly-appointed C more >>
Michael Andretti interview
13.12.2018
“We are thrilled to be a part of BMW’s return to open wheel racing”.In an interview ahead of the season start on 15th December in Ad Diriyah (KSA), Michael Andretti talks about the collaboration with BMW and the evolution of Formula more >>
Maximilian Günther is highly motivated before the start of his first season in ABB Formula E
13.12.2018
Maximilian Günther will start a new motorsport chapter next weekend: The GEOX DRAGON driver will contest his first race in the ABB Formula E championship on 15th December. At the age of only 21 years, the German will be the youngest regular driver in the history of the all-electric racing series and will compete with the world's most top-class race drivers. more >>
Michelin Formula E Auftakt Vorschau
12.12.2018
MICHELIN Pilot Sport: Neuer Rennreifen kombiniert Top-Performance mit niedrigerem Gewicht und geringerem Rollwiderstand•    Neuer MICHELIN Pilot Sport bietet Top-Performance bei jedem Wetter•  &nb more >>
HWA RACELAB ahead of the opening round of the ABB FIA Formula E season in Diriyah
12.12.2018
This weekend heralds a new era for HWA RACELAB: The new team will make its debut in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia on 15th December. •    Quotes from Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vand more >>
DS TECHEETAH ready to hit the street with the DS E-Tense FE19
11.12.2018
Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set to commence this Saturday, 15 December.  Fans across the world will see 22 new Gen2 cars, new tracks, new rules and new drivers added to the championship. DS TE more >>
BMW i Andretti Motorsport enters its first Formula E season.
11.12.2018
Green light for new challenge: Next Saturday, the Ad Diriyah E-Prix (KSA) kicks off the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. It also marks the first race appearance for the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team and the BMW iFE.18 race car more >>
The BMW iFE.18 drivetrain
10.12.2018
Unprecedented teamwork between motorsport and production development.  On 15th December, the new BMW iFE.18 and the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team will contest their first race in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Ad D more >>
Formula E accepts challenge to race fastest animal on planet
10.12.2018
... after fans lay down gauntlet on social mediaABB FIA Formula E Championship listens to fans by pitting Gen2 car and Felipe Massa in race against a peregrine falcon more >>
Audi starts title defense in Formula E
10.12.2018
Racing premiere for Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi in Audi e-tron FE05        Season opener with new cars, new teams and new rules        First race on December 15 in more >>
Fans across Germany to be brought more Formula E races live on ARD and ZDF
07.12.2018
German free-to-air broadcasters to expand level of coverage with more live races of ABB FIA Formula E Championship    'GERMANY IS A KEY MARKET FOR THE ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP AND IT IS IMPERATIVE WE REMAIN FREE-TO-AIR, TO ENSURE OUR FANS CAN KEEP UP WITH THE FASTEST-MOVING SERIES IN MOTORSPORT.' Ali Rus more >>

Kategorien

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

Jobs Around the World

2001-2019 automobilsport.com full copyright