Points for Porsche at the first indoor/outdoor race
Another positive weekend in Formula E for the TAG Heuer Porsche Team
Round 12 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship rolled out onto a new street circuit at London’s ExCel arena on Saturday. The 2.25-kilometre track alongside the capital’s riverside Docklands offered unprecedented challenges for all the teams, with a portion of the new layout running through the ExCel building itself in a world first for top level international motorsport.
The first to find his feet in the indoor/outdoor conditions was Porsche works driver André Lotterer, who set the best time in first qualifying and came fifth in the Super Pole that forms the grid for the main race. Teammate Pascal Wehrlein, who narrowly missed out on a podium at the last race in New York, took the start from 12th.
Lotterer made up one place shortly after the start of race on Saturday afternoon and set out to chase down the lead cars. When he attempted to activate attack mode for the second time, the German missed a track marking and fell back to fifth at the flag, but a disqualification subsequently promoted him back to fourth. Wehrlein, meanwhile, drove a steady race amid the 24-strong field in 12th, only to inherit 10th following two disqualifications.
On Sunday, it was Wehrlein’s turn to come out fighting, narrowly missing out on Super Pole for race 13 and lining up his Porsche 99X Electric in seventh for the main race. Following a positive start, he gained a place before ultimately securing fifth following another disqualification. After a less fruitful qualifying session, Lotterer began the race in 16th before launching a spirited drive through the field to ninth, only to be handed a drive-through penalty for contact with a competitor in Turn 1. The time lost meant he would finish a frustrating 17th.
“That was an exciting race, typical for such a narrow and twisty racetrack,” said Amiel Lindesay, Head of Operations Formula E. “It wasn’t easy today, so with that in mind, Pascal did a very good job. We can be satisfied with the second top-five result on our race debut in London. André started from one of the back rows, drove a remarkable comeback race and almost finished in the points. The drive-through penalty unfortunately prevented him from profiting from his strong performance. All in all, we’re taking a lot of positives with us from London to the season finale in Berlin. The world championship is still open. At our home race, we want to bring the season to a successful conclusion.”
The final round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place in Berlin, where two races will be contested on 14 and 15 August.