Porsche aims high as it heads to Monaco with Formula E
The Formula E team has its sights on victory around the Riviera street circuit.
On the back of its best performance of the season, the Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team heads to Monaco this weekend with a spring in its step. This is the first time the 99X will have raced in the Principality, but after scoring two podium results in Rome and Valencia, Porsche is now eyeing a maiden victory in Monaco. “The team works hard and deserves its first win,” says Amiel Lindesay, Head of Operations Formula E. “We want to be there at the top with both Porsche 99X Electric cars. To achieve this we have to improve. Valencia was good for one side of the box, and unfortunately not so good for the other. With one car we achieved our best result of the season so far, the other side fell short of our expectation. We’re doing everything possible to have both cars at the front in the future.”
As part of a 24-strong field, the pair of 99X Electric single-seaters will take on a new street circuit that includes famous sections of the Grand Prix track including Sainte Dévote, Casino, Mirabeau and the harbour tunnel. “We want to bring Formula E to exciting cities with fantastic atmospheres, and there’s no better place than Monaco,” adds Lindesay. “It’s a privilege for us to compete in this prestigious setting. We can’t wait to get there.”
Amiel Lindesay, Porsche's Head of Operations Formula E
But beyond the glitz and glamour of one of motorsport’s most famous venues, Monaco is also a real challenge for drivers and teams. The narrow street circuit requires efficient energy management and is utterly unforgiving of driver error. Run-off zones are virtually non-existent, replaced instead with Armco barriers at best, at worst solid walls. In addition, the streets will only be closed to traffic early on Saturday morning, so there is no time for a pre-race shakedown.
“This race is sure to be a highlight of the year,” says André Lotterer. “Monaco is well-known around the world, so when Formula E comes to town, it’s not only interesting for avid motor racing fans. I hope that we can showcase Formula E at its best with its combination of sport and lifestyle against this fascinating backdrop and go home with as many points as possible.”