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Buemi takes Marrakech ePrix


Sebastien Buemi  overcame a grid penalty to preserve his 100 percent win rate this season in the second round of the Formula E series held in Marrakech, Morocco.

The championship's defending champion was demoted to seventh after qualifying following a five-place penalty for an underweight fire extinguisher onboard his e.dams Renault ZE16.

But that didn't stop the Swiss from swiftly moving up the ranks and beating Sam Bord and poleman Felix Rosenqvist. The Mahindra rookie carved out an early lead for himself but was later hindered by his excessive use of energy.

Bird and Buemi lengthened the time on the track before the mandatory car-swap, with the e.dams driver eventually leaping his Virgin Racing rival and setting off in pursuit of leading duo Rosenqvist and Jean-Eric Vergne.

In a handful of laps, Buemi caught up and then made it past the Swede, with Bird also following through.

Challenged for third by Nicolas Prost, Rosenqvist fended off the attack to earn his first podium in only his second Formula E race.

Prost  and the Abt duo made up of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt completed the top six finish.

Sebastien Buemi's championship tally now stands at 50 points, or a 22-point lead over second-placed man Lucas di Grassi.

Formula E's next round will take place in Buenos Aires on February 18, 2017.

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