Pascal Zurlinden and Carlo Wiggers on the current situation in Formula E
The 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship has been officially suspended since 13th March 2020. 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.
They also look back at the races that have already taken place and give their take on the season so far.
“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.” The sense of community and solidarity is important in these unpredictable times. Day-to-day business in the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach is naturally completely different to usual. “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,” says Zurlinden.
The appraisal of the season so far – following races in Diriyah (SA), Santiago (CL), Mexico City (MX) and Marrakesh (MA) – is a positive one. “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.
„Inside E“ episode 5: interview with Pascal Zurlinden and Carlo Wiggers
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„Inside E“ episode 2: interview with André Lotterer
Fourth race in Berlin (DE), fourth top-ten result for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. André Lotterer (DE) once again displayed some great fighting spirit as he drove the #36 Porsche 99X Electric from 18th on the grid to finish in eighth position.
The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has continued the 2019/20 season with another top-ten result. At the seventh race of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Berlin (DE), André Lotterer (DE) crossed the line in ninth place in the #36 Porsche 99X Electric.
The grand season finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gets underway on Wednesday, with the first of six races in Berlin. In the third and final episode of the ‘Challenge Berlin’ series, Helmut Fink, Jani and Lotterer’s trainer, gives insights into the two Porsche works drivers’ sporting and mental preparations.
The long-awaited finale of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship is just a few days away. After five months without racing, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is highly motivated ahead of its trip to Berlin-Tempelhof (DE), where six races between 5th and 13th August will decide the outcome of the Team and Driver Championships.