17 Sep 20

TAG Heuer Porsche: 'We've shown we're a team to respect'

The anticipation after TAG Heuer Porsche announced it would be arriving in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the 2019/20 season was palpable, with the Stuttgart manufacturer kicking the expectation up a notch with a great start in the opening double-header from Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

Andre Lotterer, a long-time member of the Porsche motorsport stable, steered the outfit to second on debut in its first outing in Formula E.

The flying start in Round 1 was followed by three none-scores but Porsche was still able to showcase its promise with Julius Baer Pole Position for the Mexico City E-Prix, before Lotterer returned to the podium, this time on home soil, in the first of the nine-day six-race season finale from Berlin in August. 

At Tempelhof, Lotterer finished in the points in all but one of the encounters in Berlin following that podium, showcasing his racecraft on the old airfield and securing a creditable eighth in the Drivers' standings.

His 71-point haul comprised almost 90 percent of the team's total with the German one of the top performers at Tempelhof and Lotterer ended the campaign as one of the top four qualifiers. Team-mate Neel Jani's best finish and only points-score was sixth in Round 10.

2019 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix full race | ABB FIA Formula E Championship

"It was a very positive season for us," said Lindesay. "As a debutant, we managed to put a car on the podium in our first race and in a championship like Formula E, which is incredibly tight.

"It wasn't just about hard work, it has been a complete team effort and we've made use of experience we've gained in competition across different categories to learn and adapt to this new challenge."

The pole at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was a highlight, says Lindesay.

"It was a special moment for me. Starting the race from pole and seeing your car on the grid in front of 23 others is definitely a touching moment. This also gave us the extra boost that yes, we have the performance in the car."

TAG Heuer Porsche put its all into preparing for their first all-electric motor racing campaign, with the storied motorsport marque leaning on unparalleled knowledge gained on the race track over many decades. Testing was one thing, but competing on track with their rivals - including Porsche's long-time domestic competitors in Mercedes-Benz EQ, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler and BMW i Andretti Motorsport - was quite another.

"What we learned from this season, to put it simply, was to run in Formula E," added Lindesay. "Yes, we tested before our first race but nothing can prepare you 100 percent for the races when you're competing and actually running against others. Testing is your own benchmark, so it's hard to know exactly where you are with all the factors that come in to play in races.

"We've learned a lot in a very short space of time and we continue to learn. I think we've shown we're a team to respect in our first season, and we've achieved all the goals we set ourselves last year."