Although Saturday’s Marrakesh E-Prix at Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Morocco took place in bright, sunny weather, the drivers had to cope with big temperature differences during race day, with the thermometer dipping to as low as 3°C at 8am shortly before the beginning of Free Practice 1 before climbing to 26°C for the start of the race.
This amplitude created an interesting challenge for the teams since the drivers and engineers were forced to think ahead and take this shift in account when setting up their respective cars which hadn’t previously run in conditions as hot as those encountered in the afternoon. Their Michelin tyres played a big part in this process and they rose to the occasion perfectly to provide the field with a safe, high-performance package all day long.
We didn’t really see the situation as a concern because we knew that the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport climbs to its ideal working temperature very quickly. As a result, the drivers were able to benefit from its qualities on their first laps straight out of the pits, whether that be in free practice, qualifying or the race itself. We even saw a considerable improvement in the lap times posted in the course of each session, with a gain of close to three seconds during Free Practice 1 which took place at sunrise. For sure, this season’s cars are more powerful but a proportion of this improvement can undeniably be put down to our new tyre.