Jani Recoups Five Places After Grid Penalty in Marrakesh
Neel Jani took the chequered flag in 18th place for the fifth race of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Marrakesh, Morrocco on Saturday. He had started the race 23rd after his qualifying lap time was stricken for a technical infringement penalty caused by software. The Swiss was able to claw back five places during the E-Prix despite enduring brake issues all day and in a race that saw only one DNF, a seldom occurrence in Formula E.
Jani’s teammate, Andre Lotterer, had a race which reverse-mirrored his own. The German started at the other end of the grid in third, but fell back five places during second half of the race because of energy issues and had to work hard to shield himself from losing more. Lotterer crossed the line to finish eighth.
Neel is positive about his overall performances in the last race weekends, despite an absence of results which reflect his progressing pace. The team’s in-house work and in-depth analysis continues to find solutions for the various issues which occurred in the last races.
Neel Jani (Porsche 99X Electric, #18): “During the previous races, our pace was good but we were unable to record the results we had aimed for. This time, it was difficult for me from the start. I did not feel right on the brakes at all during the day. We will examine that in detail. We still have plenty of races ahead of us. We will continue to work intensively and improve.”