In the hot seat: Pascal Zurlinden
Quick fire questions with team boss Pascal Zurlinden ahead of Porsche’s Formula E debut this weekend.
What are the main challenges for Round One in Diriyah?
“The opening Formula E race of season six marks the first application of the new sporting regulations. Previously, drivers were able to conserve their available energy during a Full Course Yellow period and a Safety Car period. That is no longer the case with the new regulations. Now, a kilowatt hour is deducted from the available energy each minute. The driver has to execute this using a combinations of buttons on the steering wheel, under the supervision of race control. This will make energy management more significant. The Diriyah track has three overtaking opportunities on the straights, so, drivers need to divide the energy in such a way that they can attack their rivals or fend off attacks in these sections.”
What are your expectations for Porsche’s debut
“The Formula E test in Valencia wasn’t really representative of the upcoming season so we aren’t sure where we stand. In principle, we are very well prepared ahead of our first two races, and naturally we would be delighted to pick up points with the Porsche 99X Electric. Generally, our goal is always the same: to win races. However, we know the strength of our competitors – a total of ten manufacturers and twelve highly professional Formula E teams will take each other on in season six. It goes without saying that we have a lot of respect for them, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”