The second race of the Formula E season takes place this weekend – and they are heading to a traditional race circuit.
The all new Gen2 cars take to the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Morocco in what is expected to be a fiercely competitive race.
Some drivers have already claimed that they believe Attack Mode will lead to more action than in the season opener in Saudi Arabia before Christmas.
"There will be more overtaking here than there was at the last race due to it being just before a very long straight and it being in a better position," Sam Bird told Autosport.
Here are all the key talking points heading into the second race of the season…
1) Can BMW keep the momentum?
It was a dream Formula E debut for BMW as Antonio Felix da Costa chalked up a second Formula E win, four years after his last victory. Living up to its unpredictable reputation the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team shocked the grid by cruising to victory and now look an early title contender.
However, after flying under the radar in the build-up to Race 1, BMW will be in the crosshairs of last season’s Team Champions Audi who will want to land a punch in the battle of the German car giants with both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche also keeping a close eye ahead of their entries into the Championship next year.
2) Vergne joins Hamilton and Alonso as world class
Reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne was unlucky to come second in Ad Diriyah, punished with a drive-through penalty, but looked every inch the fierce competitor we saw in 2018. The Frenchman ended the year on another high after being named the third best driver in the world by Autosport Magazine.
Beaten to the top spot by Formula One greats Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, the Frenchman did come ahead of former F1 World Champions Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. Can he make 2019 another year to remember with a victory in his first race?
3) How will ‘Attack Mode’ develop?
The debuted ‘Attack Mode’, which gives drivers a speed boost after they drive through an allocated area on the track, sparked much plenty of debate amongst drivers, teams and fans after Race 1.
The FIA agreed to move the ‘Activation Zone’ ahead of the race after drivers won a battle with the governing body – off-track politics mirroring the hard-fought battles on the track.
Geox Dragon Racing’s Jose Maria Lopez had the hardest luck with the new strategical element – missing the zone, losing places and ending up in the wall.
Formula E Chairman Alejandro Agag said the power boost could even be increased to give drivers an even better chance of overtaking their rivals when activating Attack Mode.
4) Enter Pascal Wehrlein
After being forced to sit out Race 1 due to his previous F1 contract ending on January 1, German driver Pascal Wehrlein will make his Formula E debut for Mahindra Racing. Wehrlein comes with an impressive career behind him – he remains the youngest ever DTM champion and has 40 Grand Prix under this belt for Sauber and Manor.
Announced as Ferrari’s test driver, when not competing in Formula E, this week it could potentially be a great week for him with a strong car which allowed Jerome D’Ambrosio to finish third in Ad Diriyah. No doubt he’ll have studied Race 1 and look to avoid the pitfalls of his fellow F1 rookies.
5) Massa and Vandoorne learn Formula E the hard way
Any fan preconceptions that after many seasons in F1, Stoffel Vandoorne and Felipe Massa would blow away the competition in Formula E was put to bed comprehensively in Ad Diriyah as the pair struggled – finishing 16th and 17th respectively.
Massa and Vandoorne were well aware of the challenges they faced moving into electric racing and with their debut race in the bag it will be worth keeping a close eye on the pair as they get used to the completely different car and style of wheel-to-wheel street racing.
A return to a more traditional racing circuit in Morocco may also suit them.
6) Who’s in the hunt for a seat?
After a successful test in Ad Diriyah which saw nine female drivers including Tatiana Calderon and Pippa Mann test drive the Gen2 vehicle there will be another chance to put the new car through its paces on Sunday after the race.
This weekend’s test sees Calderon and Jamie Chadwick return for DS Techeetah and NIO respectively and they will be joined by some exciting new faces such as ex-Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin, Arthur Leclerc and Pietro Fittipaldi who is continuing his return from a double leg-break in 2018.
How can I watch the race?
Viewers in the UK will have a choice of viewing options. The Marrakesh race will be available live on BBC iPlayer , BBC Sport Online and BT Sport ESPN.
The race will also be broadcast on the BBC Red Button directly after Final Score for football fans to get some live sport fix after the day’s Premier League games are wrapped up.
Formula E’s YouTube show Voltage will also be broadcasting the race live as hosts Laurence McKenna and Queen B will be joined by ‘This Week On The Internet Live’ hosts Stephen Tries and WillNE.
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