Race report: Rome E-Prix, Race 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
Valuable points for Porsche at the first European race of the Formula E season
The two Porsche 99X Electric race cars have finished in the points at round four of the Rome E-Prix, the first European race of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 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, with his teammate André Lotterer (GER/#36) crossing the finish line two places behind him. The next race of the all-electric championship is tomorrow Sunday, 10 April, again in Rome.
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, 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, 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 Rome will get underway on Sunday, 10 April, at 3.04 pm. The worldwide broadcasting schedule of the Formula E event in Rome is available on: https://www.fiaformulae.com/watch/ways-to-watch.
Porsche in Formula E
With a historic one-two result thanks to Pascal Wehrlein and André Lotterer in the Porsche 99X Electric, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team celebrated its greatest success to date in Mexico on 12 February 2022. The team contests its third Formula E season in the world’s first fully-electric racing series. At the debut event in November 2019, André Lotterer scored second place at the season-opening race in Diriyah: a dream start and proof that with the Porsche 99X Electric, Porsche had a competitive vehicle right from the outset. Last season, Wehrlein claimed pole position in Mexico City. Two podium results followed with Wehrlein finishing third in Rome and Lotterer securing second in Valencia. As an accelerator for innovative and sustainable mobility technologies, Formula E has brought thrilling motorsport to people living in major cities since 2014. With the all-electric Taycan, Porsche supplies the safety car this season, underlining the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport.
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