Porsche’s Formula E chiefs reflect on the championship so far
The 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship has been officially suspended, and in the latest “Inside E” podcast, Carlo Wiggers, Director Team Management & Business Relations Porsche Motorsport, and Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport, discuss how the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is dealing with this situation.
“The spread of coronavirus is affecting everybody and goes way beyond motorsport,” says Wiggers. “The health of our employees and people all over the world takes top priority.”
A sense of community and solidarity is important in these unpredictable times, but day-to-day business in the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach is naturally completely different to usual, as Zurlinden explains: “In line with the recommendations of the authorities, we have switched to home office – at least in those areas in which it is possible to work remotely. Workshop operations have been reduced to a minimum.”
The pair also take a look back over the season so far, following races in Diriyah, Santiago, Mexico City and Marrakesh. “We set ourselves the goal of achieving podium results – and promptly finished runner-up in our very first race,” says Zurlinden. “Pole position at the Mexico City E-Prix was another highlight. We have proven that we have a competitive car in the Porsche 99X Electric.”
In light of the current situation, Wiggers sees opportunities, particularly in the field of Esports, to continue to be engaged in motorsport during the race-free period and to entertain fans in these difficult times. “The only way to stay true to our passion at present is virtual racing. We are experiencing a boom in this field,” he says.
You can listen to the full podcast here: newsroom.porsche.com/en/2020/motorsports/porsche-formula-e-podcast-inside-e-episode-5-pascal-zurlinden-carlo-wiggers-20294.html