After a strong performance among the frontrunners, Pascal Wehrlein (GER/#94) retired with a technical defect. André Lotterer (GER/#36) became the unwitting victim of a collision, which threw him out of contention at race six of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in the Principality on the Cote d’Azur. In the drivers‘ standings of the all-electric racing series, André Lotterer ranks sixth after six of 16 races with 43 points. Pascal Wehrlein sits just one point behind in seventh place. In the team standings, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is sixth with 85 points.
In qualifying, Pascal Wehrlein narrowly missed out on scoring his second pole position this season. Starting the race from the first grid row, he put in a strong performance and, with a bold overtaking move after the tunnel exit before the harbour chicane, swept into the lead shortly before halftime. While Wehrlein worked hard to pull clear from his pursuers, his Porsche 99X Electric suddenly lost pace early in the second half of the race. His teammate André Lotterer tackled the race from the sixth grid spot. While running in fifth, he was shunted into the barriers by a rival at the restart after a safety car phase and forced into retirement.
Comments on the Monaco E-Prix, Race 6
Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E: “This is a bitter day for the team. After a very good first half, Pascal was leading the field only to have a technical defect throw him out of contention. We now have to analyse what happened. At the restart after the safety car phase, André was knocked out of the race by a competitor. The driver and the team put in a strong qualifying performance and a promising start to the race, but unfortunately weren’t rewarded in the end. Still, we’re looking ahead with confidence. We’ve been competitive on all tracks this season. In Berlin, we’ll try to come back even stronger and earn the points that we missed out on in Monaco despite our good effort.”
Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver (#94): “What a disappointing weekend. On the positive side, the qualifying went well and we were fast in the race. We don’t yet know why the car suddenly stopped while I was in the lead.”
André Lotterer, Porsche works driver (#36): “The race went really well at first. I was fighting for a better position when the guy behind me hit the rear of my car and shoved me into the wall.”
The next race weekend for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is on 14 and 15 May with the Berlin E-Prix, the 7th and 8th round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
André Lotterer (Porsche works driver, #36)
Porsche Taycan Turbo S als Safety Car
Porsche is committed to Formula E safety: With the all-electric Taycan Turbo S, the sports car manufacturer supplies the official safety car this season and underlines the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport. Thanks to its driveability and safety as well as an output of up to 560 kW (761 PS; Taycan Turbo S: Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 23.4 – 22.0 kWh/100 km, CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km, Electric range* combined (WLTP) 440 – 467 km, Electric range* in town (WLTP) 524 – 570 km), Porsche’s first all-electric sports car is the ideal choice as a safety car in the first and only all-electric motorsport world championship. With Launch Control, the flagship model of the Taycan range accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 260 km/h. The striking paintwork incorporates the colours of all eleven competing teams as well as the FIA and Formula E colours. The design symbolises the joint commitment to the future of all-electric motor racing as well as social values such as diversity and community.
The Porsche 99X Electric
With the Porsche 99X Electric, Porsche returned to open-wheel single-seater racing in 2019 after more than 30 years. The fully-electric racing car sporting the Weissach-developed Porsche E Performance Powertrain also serves as a development platform for the sports car manufacturer’s fully-electric production models. Energy management and efficiency are important factors for success in Formula E and in the development of production cars. For the 2021/2022 season, the 99X Electric has a maximum output of 250 kW in qualification mode and 220 kW in normal race mode. Attack Mode boosts the output to 250 kW. Maximum recuperation is 250 kW; the usable battery capacity is 52 Kilowatt-hours.
Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric racing series bringing thrilling motorsport to people living in major cities since 2014. As an accelerator for innovative and sustainable technologies of mobility, it promotes the worldwide acceptance of electric vehicles with the aim to counteract climate change. The format is compact: practice, qualifying and race all take place on one day. Each race usually runs over 45 minutes plus one lap. Eleven teams tackle the 2021/2022 season with 22 drivers. This makes for interesting and hotly contested races. This marks the third season for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team campaigning the Porsche 99X Electric.
Sixteen races in ten of the world’s biggest cities make up the provisional 2021/2022 calendar of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Race 1 & 2
28. / 29. January – Diriyah (Saudi Arabia)
12. February – Mexico City (Mexico)
Race 4 & 5
9. / 10. April – Rome (Italy)
30. April – Monaco (Monaco)
Race 7 & 8
14. / 15. May – Berlin (Germany)
4. June – Jakarta (Indonesia)
2. July – Vancouver (Canada)
Race 11 & 12
16. / 17. July – New York City (USA)
Race 13 & 14
30. / 31. July – London (Great Britain)
Race 15 & 16
13. / 14. August – Seoul (South Korea)