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Winner Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02 celebrates in parc ferme
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Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix
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Mortara turns up the heat on FE title rivals in Marrakesh scorcher

Formula E’s unplanned return to Marrakesh provided teams with a fresh challenge in old but familiar surroundings, as Edoardo Mortara kept his cool in melting conditions to triumph and retake the championship lead

Formula E wasn't even supposed to go to Marrakesh this year. The championship, instead, was looking forward to its first trip to Vancouver – and its return to Canada for the first time since 2017. Intended to be the centrepiece of an e-tech festival on the bank of Vancouver's False Creek, the race instead proved to be a false dawn. Organiser OSS Group was unable to secure the necessary permits to stage the race, and it was thus postponed to 2023. And then quietly cancelled entirely.

Marrakesh hence had to sub at short notice. Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle remarked that the circuit was left pretty much as-was at its last event pre-COVID, with the old signage still hanging around the semi-permanent facilities. The only real difference was the time of year; races in Morocco's fourth-largest city were usually held in January or February, assuring that the cars would get far milder climes compared to a scorchfest at the top of July. Helpfully, the teams had already plenty of data from a hot and humid Jakarta. 

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