Porsche Formula E team makes moves in Monaco
Round three of the Race at Home Challenge
In the latest round of the Race at Home Challenge, a virtual Monaco street circuit hosted the online ABB FIA Formula E field for the first time. And it proved to be fruitful soil for the drivers of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.
Starting from seventh and 12th on the grid after a tricky qualifying session, Jani and Lotterer managed to successfully avoid any incidents at the start, something that has hampered our drivers’ chances in the past. Both quickly climbed three places, demonstrating strong race pace and clever tactics after the early stages. Mirroring his result from last week’s race, after a tense sprint Jani brought the virtual #18 Porsche 99X Electric home in fourth place, while Lotterer made up a further two positions in the #36 car to cross the line in seventh.
“My latest fourth place in the ‘Race at Home Challenge’ feels great,” says Jani. “The seventh-fastest time in qualifying was okay. I had a good start in the race, and was able to climb straight into fourth place in turn one. After that, it was all about staying fully-focussed. Two fourth-places in a row – I now hope I can make it onto the podium next time.”
The result was enough to earn Lotterer his first points in the digital series, while Jani picked up another twelve points, taking the Swiss to a total of 24 points and fifth place in the overall standings. After three races, Lotterer currently lies tenth.
“Overall, I am happy with seventh place,” says the experienced German. “I did not put in a flawless lap in qualifying, and lost a bit of time in turn two. I then worked my way through the field from eleventh place on the grid in the race. I picked up some valuable points in seventh place, although I was hoping for more. I am now looking forward to the next race and another shot.”
Meanwhile, in the earlier ‘Challenge Grid’ race, which pitches sim racers and well-known influencers against one another in shortened format of the full Formula E event, Porsche test and development driver Simona De Silvestro once again demonstrated her skill and commitment in the virtual world. The Swiss driver made up four places at the start, leapfrogging from 22nd to 18th, before another clean overtake on lap four put her into 17th place for the finish.
The fourth round of the Race at Home Challenge will be held at 16:30 CEST on Saturday and is available to view via the Formula E website, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch.