28 Jul 20

Porsche targeting rostrum return and maiden Formula E race win in Berlin

TAG Heuer Porsche is eyeing a string of podiums and its first Formula E race win to underline its  progress across an impressive first season in the ultra-competitive all-electric street racing series.

The German giant, together with Mercedes-Benz, were new additions to the manufacturer stable in the championship for the 2019/20 season.

Unlike its counterpart, Porsche started afresh, from a blank sheet of paper. Mercedes had the benefit of HWA’s groundwork – a season’s worth of data and experience at its disposal prior to a fully-fledged manufacturer entry this year.

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As such, Porsche’s target was to reach the rostrum this season. Thanks to Andre Lotterer, this goal was reached in the marque’s very first outing, in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia at the season-opening double-header back in November 2019.

Porsche's first podium - SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix 2019

That flying start has whetted the appetite in Zuffenhausen for more with six races in nine short days taking place in Germany – home soil – at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport from August 5. Porsche harbours dreams of adding further Formula E silverware to its burgeoning trophy cabinet as well as a trip to the top step.

“The goal this season was to get to the podium,” said Pascal Zurlinden, Porsche’s director of factory motorsport.

“We managed that in our first race and we underlined the performance with pole in Mexico. Now, our goal is to further highlight our pace with podiums in Berlin. This is our new goal, and why not look for our first victory?”

Andre Lotterer is optimistic about the team’s chances given the hard work that’s taken place during lockdown to push things forward.

He’s keen, however, to see where the land lies elsewhere given the unique circumstances and with others sure to have had the foot on the developmental accelerator in the weeks and months since Marrakesh.

“It will be interesting to see who evolves the best over the six races,” said Lotterer. “This will be a big factor in everybody’s performances.

"In Formula E, there’s not much time to test and run on-track outside of events. In that sense, there will be a lot of evolution over the nine days in Berlin – especially given the new layouts. I’m sure we’ve a good team and we’ve learned a lot since the opening round.

“We’re working hard to improve. I’m optimistic and, as Pascal said, podiums are the goal. As a racing driver, we're all looking for six wins, but podiums are our goal and it’s an achievable one.”

Neel Jani is in his first full Formula E campaign and is hoping for a change of fortunes in Tempelhof as he seeks to stick points on the board.

“The finale is a championship in itself,” he says. “Six races in nine days is something none of us have experienced.

“Anything is possible and clearly for me, I want to add good points and do what I couldn’t in the first five races.”

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