“In Formula E it isn’t enough to be able to move a car fast. There’s more involved. If you’re always driving at the limit, you will only cover about 70 percent of the distance.” That is one of Pascal Wehrlein’s experiences from his rookie season.
What he also learned is that there aren’t that many racing drivers yet with a lot of Formula E experience which is why he came to the fore when Porsche was looking for a new team-mate for seasoned driver André Lotterer. Why he came into consideration? “I’m not an old hand yet,” he supposed, “but I’m no longer a rookie either.” And he also looks back on a successful career outside of Formula E. He won the ADAC Formula Masters in 2011, the following year he only just missed out on the title in the Formula 3 European series, finishing in second place. He also caused a stir after his rise to the German Touring Car Masters, where he became the youngest ever DTM champion at the tender racing driver age of 20. That triumph was his ticket to Formula 1. He was part of the Grand Prix circus for two years, representing Manor in 2016 and Sauber in 2017.
Ahead of the 2018/2019 season he moved to Formula E. For someone like him, for whom fun and equal opportunities are of top priority in his sport, it was the perfect choice. The highlight of his season was second place in Santiago de Chile. Now, with Porsche, he has set even greater goals for himself. “Whatever I do, I always expect a lot from myself,” he said. He wants to win races and, if possible, the world championship as well, and he isn’t afraid that the external pressure on him could become too great along the way. “The greatest pressure I face,” he said, “always comes from me.”
Date of birth: 18.10.1994 Birthplace: Sigmaringen (DE) Nationality: German/Mauritian Residence: Switzerland Marital status: Single Height/weight: 1.75 m/63 kg Hobbies: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, fitness Internet:www.pascal-wehrlein.de Instagram:@pascal_wehrlein Twitter:@PWehrlein
The Porsche Penske Motorsport works team tackles the 24 Hours of Le Mans with three Porsche 963. Together with the two hypercar vehicles from the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the squad will also compete with a hybrid prototype from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.