All posts by Aaron Bearden

A contributing writer for Motorsports Tribune, Aaron Bearden emerged onto the racing journalism scene in 2014 after growing up with the sport. A native Hoosier, Bearden’s attended races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since he was three years old. He can be found at race tracks across the U.S., and on social media at @AaronBearden93.

By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer After a difficult doubleheader to open the season, Season Three champion Sebastien Buemi and Renault e.dams bounced back in a big way with a strong podium run in the Marrakesh E-Prix. The run was a smashing success, though there was a lingering feeling that the weekend could have yielded much more. Buemi led the first 28 of the race’s 33 laps in what appeared to be a dominant outing similar to the many others he’d delivered in the first three seasons of Formula E competition. But thatRead More
By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer What appeared to be a promising day ended with zero points and disappointment for the third-straight race for defending ABB FIA Formula E Championship Lucas di Grassi. “Our car is fast but obviously it’s frustrating to have reliability issues in two consecutive races,” Di Grassi said. “We once again showed what potential we have but I did not score any points. We have to get better in that respect. But I have full confidence in Audi that the issues will be resolved.” Looking to make upRead More
By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer In a ABB FIA Formula E Championship race organized as much by attrition as it was by passing, the lone driver making his all-electric series debut delivered an impressively clean performance to finish in the points. Making his first Formula E start for MS&AD Andretti Formula E, former DTM driver Tom Blomqvist put together a consistent campaign to score an eighth-place result in the Marrakesh E-Prix. “It was a bit of an eye opener,” Blomqvist said after the race. “I got a bit lucky, IRead More
By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer For a time it appeared that Sebastien Buemi and Renault e.dams were due to return to the dominant form they’d displayed throughout the early days of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Morocco. But in the end Felix Rosenqvist and Mahindra Racing wouldn’t be denied. Rosenqvist used a late overtake of pole-sitter and potential championship rival Buemi with just five laps remaining to drive off to the victory in the 2018 Marrakesh E-Prix, surging into the points lead in the driver’s championship in the process. The victory wasRead More
By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler might have owned the morning’s practice sessions, but when the time came to qualify it was Sebastien Buemi and Renault e.dams that stole the show. Buemi laid down a time of 1:20.355 to win the Super Pole round and claim the Julius Baer Pole Position, securing the right to lead the ABB FIA Formula E Championship field to the green in the Marrakesh E-Prix. The result was Buemi’s his first pole of Season Four, and the ninth of his four-year Formula E career.Read More
By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer At the end of a chaotic Free Practice 2 in Morocco, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler duo of Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi were left standing a cut above the rest of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship field. Abt laid down a new lap record of 1:19.760 in the closing moments of Saturday’s second pre-qualifying practice to lead the session, snatching the top spot from teammate di Grassi (1:19.898). Sebastien Buemi (1:19.936) ended the session in third, with Mitch Evans (1:20.001), and Nelson Piquet Jr. (1:20.115)Read More
By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer Defending ABB FIA Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler got off to a strong start in their efforts to bounce back into title contention in Morocco. Di Grassi streaked across the start-finish line on a full power lap with a time 1:20.310 as the sun rose above the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan to set quick time in the first of two free practice sessions for Saturday’s Marrakesh E-Prix. The lap was the quickest seen from the all-electric series at Marrakesh, toppingRead More
By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer After a successful three-race debut stint in 2017, Gabby Chaves and Harding Racing are set to leap into full-time Verizon IndyCar Series competition in the upcoming season. The organization announced their intent to field Chaves full-time in the No. 88 Chevrolet on Friday, continuing a pairing that exceeded their own expectations in their first year. “After the success we had in our three races of 2017, the next logical step was to take the team to a full season.” Team Owner Mike Harding said inRead More
By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer With the weekend approaching, the stars and teams of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship are currently preparing for the third race of the season – the Marrakesh E-Prix. The event is slated to be over in just one day, with the field taking the checkered flag just half a day after the beginning of Free Practice 1.  But while that may mark the end of the race weekend for those contending for the championship, the teams will still have another day of action remaining.Read More

Posted On January 10, 2018By Aaron BeardenIn Breaking News, Formula E, Headline News

Formula E Weekend Preview: Marrakesh

By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer Ahead of each ABB Formula E Series race weekend, Motorsports Tribune offers an in-depth look at the details and storylines going into the weekend’s event(s).  Race(s): Marrakesh E-Prix (33 laps, 61.38 miles) Hashtag: #MarrakeshEPrix Circuit: Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan (Morocco) Track Details: Anticlockwise – 12 turns, 1.86 miles Track Record: Sebastien Buemi (1:20.599, 2016) What Happened Last Year: Sebastien Buemi overcame a five-position grid penalty issued after a post-qualifying inspection failure to pass the dominant Felix Rosenqvist late and win his second-consecutive race. Weekend Schedule Saturday, January 13Read More