Porsche celebrates best result of the Formula E season
Weissach’s Formula E campaign takes a boost in rain-hit Valencia
Porsche has achieved its best result of the season at round six of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. After a strong performance two weeks ago in Rome, where Pascal Wehrlein took the 99X Electric’s first podium of the season, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team arrived in Valencia last weekend hoping to capitalise on this upturn in form.
It was a challenging Formula E debut for Spain’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo, however, with wet weather contributing to an incident packed Race 5. Wehrlein took up the race from fifth and was in the hunt for a strong point finish when had to pit shortly before the flag due to a technical problem with the brakes.
Meanwhile, teammate André Lotterer, having caused a collision in the first lap, was handed a drive-through penalty which relegated him to the back of the field. And while he managed to make up a few positions during the final phase of the race, further contact with a competitor would put him off the track for good. This would be the first race of the year in which the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team did not earn any points.
In better weather on the Sunday, Lotterer set the second-fastest time in Super Pole qualifying and should have started from the front row. But the previous day’s collision meant he received a three-place penalty for Race 6 and in a hectic start, lost two further positions. However, the experienced German then systematically worked his way up the order and in the last third of the race, with the assistance of Attack Mode, moved into third spot and defended this position to the flag. When the car in front was subsequently handed a five-second time penalty, the Porsche works driver was promoted to second.
There was less luck for Wehrlein, who started in 12th and crossed the line in 18th after an uneventful race. Nevertheless, this was the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s best result of the season after a disappointing previous round and sees it lying in sixth position in the team classification at just past the halfway stage.
“I’m thrilled with my podium placing,” said Lotterer. “My first points at last. As a team, we deserved this result. We all work hard. Today we underlined that we can deliver a top performance even on a track that is somewhat atypical for Formula E. We’ve always been fast over one lap this season. This time we proved that we’re also efficient in energy management in the race. I really hope that we’ve now made a breakthrough.”
Formula E returns for Race 7 in Monaco on 8 May.