Porsche Formula E tea scores points in both races at the E-Prix in Rome

E-Prix Rome Porsche 99X Electric (#36)- André Lotterer

The two Porsche 99X Electric race cars have finished in the points at both round 4 and 5 of the Rome E-Prix, the first European race of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In race 4, Pascal Wehrlein (GER/#94), who claimed the first victory for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team recently in Mexico, came eighth in the Eternal City. His teammate André Lotterer (GER/#36) crossing the finish line two places behind him.  Both drivers earned more valuable points for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team in their title bid. An exciting race 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, saw Lotterer take the flag in fourth place after leading the field for some time on the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR. Wehrlein finished in sixth place.
 

Race 4

E-Prix Rome Porsche 99X Electric (#94)- Pascal Wehrlein
Porsche 99X Electric (#94)- Pascal Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein started the race from seventh position on the grid at the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR, which at 3.380 kilometres is the longest street course on the Formula E calendar. André Lotterer lined up right behind him on the eighth grid spot. Shortly after the start, a racing accident prompted the Porsche Taycan Turbo S – the Formula E safety car – to be deployed. The Porsche drivers put in a solid performance and by halfway had more energy reserves than their rivals. However, they were unable to utilise these reserves to improve their positions due to several incidents. 
 
In the drivers’ championship, Pascal Wehrlein ranks sixth with 34 points, with André Lotterer three points behind in seventh place. After four of 16 races, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team lies third in the team standings with 65 points.
 

Comments on the Rome E-Prix, Race 4
 

Florian Modlinger
Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E

Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E: “We scored valuable points, but we didn’t achieve what we set for ourselves as a goal. We got off to a good start in qualifying and our two cars were locked in a duel, but we didn’t have the pace to secure better starting positions. In the first half of the race, we held back after a reasonable start. At the halfway mark, we had more energy than the leading group and were in a position where we were ready to attack. But then several incidents involving other competitors cost us time that we were unable to make up. We’ll now work on our weaknesses and see if we can do better tomorrow.”
 
Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver (#94): “This wasn’t an easy day. We scored a few points, but we wanted more obviously. We encountered problems with the balance of our car already in qualifying. In the race, it was hard to predict whether it would be one lap more or less. Now we have to see what we can improve on for tomorrow’s race. Then we’ll go for it again.”
 

André Lotterer, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
André Lotterer, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team

André Lotterer, Porsche works driver (#36): “That race didn’t go well. I fell back at the start, and in the final phase, a competitor pushed me against the wall. As a result, I lost several places and the contact to the top group. Had this not happened, perhaps we could’ve done better, because we’d managed our energy well. We definitely aim to finish further up the field tomorrow.”

 

 

 

Race 5

In qualifying, André Lotterer reached the semifinals and started the race from third on the 3.380-kilometre track – the longest on the Formula E calendar. At the wheel of his Porsche 99X Electric, he matched the pace of the leading group. When activating Attack Mode – eight minutes each time in this race – he lost a position but managed to fight his way up to second place. With just twelve minutes remaining on the clock, he swept into the lead with a sensational overtaking manoeuvre. Over a long stretch, he held the top spot, but lost his advantage due to a safety car phase and had to allow competitors pass after the restart. When the safety car was again deployed, he was no longer in a position to challenge the front runners. Taking up the race from the seventh grid spot, his teammate Pascal Wehrlein ultimately concluded the race in sixth place after many tough duels for positions behind the leading group.

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

In the drivers’ standings of the all-electric racing series, André Lotterer ranks sixth with 43 points after five of 16 races. Pascal Wehrlein lies seventh just one point behind. In the team classification, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has moved up to second place with 85 points.
 

Comments on the Rome E-Prix, Race 5

 Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E: “That wasn’t exactly what we’d expected after our strong qualifying performance. We got off the line well in the race and gradually worked our way through the field. André even took the lead. He managed to pull clear of his pursuers but the safety car threw a spanner in the works. As a result, André lost his advantage and fell behind after the restart. There was another safety car phase after that, so we couldn’t continue the fight in the final phase. It was a difficult race for Pascal Wehrlein with tough battles behind the leading pack. Although we gained 20 points and we’ve improved our ranking in the team classification, we’re not completely happy with the way our race went. We could definitely have done more today. Now we’ll focus on preparing for Monaco, where we’ll try to come back even stronger.”

Pascal Wehrlein, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
Pascal Wehrlein, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team

Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver (#94): “In my view, that was a pretty chaotic race. I couldn’t use my Attack Mode because the safety car came out at that point in time. That was very unfortunate and I lost contact with the front. At the restart, I wanted to overtake a competitor, but they shunted my car and I lost positions. Viewed in this light, sixth place is still a good result, but we could’ve achieved much more. A lot of things didn’t go to plan today.”
 
André Lotterer, Porsche works driver (#36): “Fourth place and decent points. I’m not entirely satisfied with that. When you start from P3 and are in the lead, you obviously hope for a better result. But the race didn’t go well for us. I had to watch my energy use carefully, but as I said, we earned valuable points and scoring regularly is particularly important in this competitive world championship. Now I’m looking forward to my home race in Monaco.”

 
Next up
The next race for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is on 30 April with the Monaco E-Prix, the sixth round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

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Edited Porsche Factory Press Release
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