Porsche revs up to tackle its second season in Formula E
Final test for TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team ahead of season start in Chile
With the official test days for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Valencia, the countdown to the new season gets underway for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.
At the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, all 12 teams in the innovative electric race series have spent the last three days preparing for the start of the season in Santiago de Chile, where the first two races of Season 7 are scheduled for 16 and 17 January.
For the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, the five test sessions in Spain are an important assessment of where it stands ahead of its second season in the electric championship, and a welcome opportunity to subject the Porsche 99X Electric to a final endurance test.
The electric racing car has been undergoing continuous development from the engineers in Weissach and has been given a new powertrain ready for drivers André Lotterer (DE/car #36) and Pascal Wehrlein (DE/car #99), who makes his debut for Porsche. Simona De Silvestro (CH) and Neel Jani (CH) are the reserve drivers for 2021.
Amiel Lindesay, Head of Operations Formula E, said preparations for Season 7 began as soon as the chequered flag was waved after the final race of Season 6 in Berlin.
"After that we looked at every single aspect of our car and the team processes in great detail, and optimised every little thing with regard to the new season. In that respect, the Valencia test is an important assessment of where we stand. As a new team in the hotly contested world championship with a strong field, we learned a great deal in our rookie season. I am confident that we have made huge progress in development in all areas, but our rivals have been working just as hard so we’re looking forward to an interesting season. The Valencia test will show us whether we have been working in the right direction and where we stand compared with our competitors,” he said.