Pascal Wehrlein scores points in both Formule races in London

Porsche 99X Electric (#94)- Pascal Wehrlein
After a spirited charge through the field at the wheel of his Porsche 99X Electric, Pascal Wehrlein (GER/#94) earned points at the first round of the London E-Prix. He finished race 13 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in 10th place. His teammate André Lotterer (GER/#36) took the flag in 12th place on the spectacular ExCeL Circuit, part of which runs through an exhibition hall.

In the drivers’ classification of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Pascal Wehrlein ranks 10th after 13 of 16 races with 64 points. André Lotterer is 11th with 63 points. In the team classification, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team lies in sixth place with 127 points.

Porsche 99X Electric (#36)- André Lotterer

Race 13

After a strong qualifying performance, André Lotterer again made it into the duels and started the race from P8. However, he was unable to make the best use of this promising grid position with his Porsche 99X Electric on the 2.141-kilometre racetrack in the Docklands of East London and earned zero points with 12th place. Hampered by grip problems, his teammate Pascal Wehrlein qualified on P18 but brought home one point for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team with 10th place after a breathtaking charge through the field.

Comments on the London E-Prix, Race 13

Florian Modlinger
Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E

Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E: “Our qualifying performance with André in the duels was good. And at first, everything went well in the race but he didn’t have the pace to really defend himself. As a result, we lost time and positions. Pascal had to start from P18 and struggled initially but then he drove a strong race. However, most of the time we were too late with our overtaking manoeuvres. That cost us time. We definitely need to start further up the grid tomorrow.”
 
Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver (#94): “We got the most out of today. I couldn’t do more from my P18 spot on the grid. During the qualifying, I experienced problems with the balance. We tweaked a few things for the race and that worked well. At least I managed to make up eight places. So from that perspective, it was a good race, but obviously, it wasn’t quite what we’d hoped for.”
 
André Lotterer, Porsche works driver (#36): “That was a tough race. It wasn’t too bad at first but then I fell behind. I was blocked in a couple of duels and I missed one of the Attack Modes. This cost time, which meant I couldn’t progress through the field. We didn’t have the pace today compared to the competition. We’re not too bad over one lap, but we’re not fast enough over the distance. Now let’s see what we can improve on for Sunday’s race.”

At the wheel of his Porsche 99X Electric, Pascal Wehrlein (GER/#94) again earned points for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team at race two of the London E-Prix. On the ExCeL Circuit in the historic Docklands, he secured 10th place on Sunday. His teammate André Lotterer (GER/#36) made up nine places in race 14 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and crossed the finish line in 12th – repeating his performance from the race the previous day.
 
Porsche 99X Electric (#94)- Pascal Wehrlein
Porsche 99X Electric (#94)- Pascal Wehrlein

In the drivers’ classification of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Pascal Wehrlein ranks 10th after 14 of 16 races with 65 points. André Lotterer is 11th with 63 points. In the team classification, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team lies in sixth place with 128 points

Race 14

Having started the race from P21 after making a mistake in qualifying, André Lotterer worked his way up the order and gained nine positions with his Porsche 99X Electric – a remarkable feat given the lack of overtaking opportunities offered on the narrow ExCeL Circuit in the Docklands. However, despite his spirited drive, he missed out on scoring points with 12th place. His teammate Pascal Wehrlein tackled the race from P12 and, like in race 13 on Saturday, secured one point for his team after a solid performance.

Porsche 99X Electric (#36)- André Lotterer
Porsche 99X Electric (#36)- André Lotterer

Comments on the London E-Prix, Race 14 

Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E: “In qualifying, Pascal narrowly missed out on getting into the duels. André made a mistake and had to start among the backmarkers. He then made up nine places in the race. That was a strong effort. Pascal also improved his position during the race. In the fight for P6, he became entangled in a duel that damaged his car. As a result, he couldn’t progress further up the field. We’re now focussing on the final races in Seoul. The track there is new terrain for us all. As always, we’ll prepare well and hope for a successful conclusion to the season.”

Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver (#94): “That was a tough race. You could clearly see our weak points on this racetrack. It wasn’t easy for us to overtake, and that impacted our entire race. We have to improve in certain areas, then we’ll possibly see better results again. We couldn’t do more this weekend, but we know what we need to improve on for the future.”
 

Porsche 99X Electric (#94)- Pascal Wehrlein
Porsche 99X Electric (#94)- Pascal Wehrlein

André Lotterer, Porsche works driver (#36): “I definitely could have performed better in qualifying. I even think I could’ve reached the duels. But I touched the wall and had to start from P21. Although it’s really difficult to overtake on this narrow circuit, we fought our way up the order and made up nine positions. London was a tough weekend for us. We’ll now take a good look at what we can do better for Seoul. I’m looking forward to this new destination.”

Next up

With rounds 15 and 16 at the Seoul E-Prix, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season wraps up for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team on 13 and 14 August. Click here to find the complete calendar of the 2022 Formula E season.

Edited Porsche Factory Press Release
Pictures courtesy Porsche AG