Formula E – Porsche ends 2022 season in Seoul with mixed results – 4Legend.com – AudiPassion.com

Formula E celebrated its 100th race at the final race in Seoul of the 8th season on Sunday 14 August 2022. The two factory drivers driving the Porsche 99X Electric lined up on the grid with an exclusive new design – to celebrate the world premiere at TAG Heuer Connected Caliber E4 – Porsche Edition, the first smartwatch jointly developed by Porsche and TAG Heuer. The expected results were not there for this 3rd season of Porsche and this last anniversary race that ended in retirements.

The sports car manufacturer and the Swiss luxury watch brand have joined forces as global partners in 2021. TAG Heuer has been the team’s title partner since Porsche’s entry into Formula E in 2019. The team’s third season did not end with the remarkable performance they were hoping for at the Seoul E-Prix. André Lotterer (GER/#36) did not finish in his last race for the team. Pascal Wehrlein (GER/#94), who scored seventh in Saturday’s race, also retired early through no fault of his own.

Season 8 has proved to be a rollercoaster ride for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. The biggest success for the Weissach team was their historic double at the Mexico City E-Prix on February 12, 2022. In the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, pole-sitter Pascal Wehrlein claimed Porsche’s first victory in the Formula E championship at the wheel of his Porsche 99X Electric. André Lotterer followed him to the finish line in second place, ensuring the perfect triumph for the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer in his third Formula E race of the season.

At the Rome E-Prix, André Lotterer was on his way to winning the winner’s trophy. With barely twelve minutes left on the clock, he swept to the front of the field and held the lead for a long time. On the restart after the safety car phase, he lost his advantage and had to let his opponents pass. When the safety car was deployed for the second time, he was no longer able to make a comeback towards the front of the race.

At the Monaco E-Prix, it was Pascal Wehrlein who was on the right track to victory. Approaching the race from the front row of the grid, he grabbed the lead with a breathtaking maneuver at the exit of the tunnel before the port chicane of the legendary Grand Prix circuit of the Principality of the Côte d’Azur and managed to move slightly. away from his pursuers. But just after halfway, his Porsche 99X Electric suddenly lost speed and he was forced to retire due to a technical problem.

In the other races, André Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein put in good performances, especially in qualifying, but were not always able to match those performances in the race.

In the ABB FIA Formula E World Championships, Pascal Wehrlein ranks 10th after 16 races with 71 points. André Lotterer ends the season 12th with 63 points. In the team standings, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is in seventh place with 134 points.

Season 8 comments
Florian Modlinger, Director of Formula E at Porsche: “This last race in Seoul was definitely not our day. Our two pilots were involved in other competitors’ accidents and were put out of action. After just a few laps, Pascal had worked his way into the top 10. He was definitely on his way to something more. André drove his last race for us today. I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for his commitment over the past three years. He will be missed by the team as a great driver and guy. Overall, season 8 has been a rollercoaster for us. There were big highlights like our double in Mexico and the good performances in Monaco and Rome, but some races and circuits highlighted our weak points. We will now work hard on these weaknesses to make our Gen3 car a winner. Our goal for next year is clearly always to aim for victories to be able to fight for the world championship. »

André Lotterer, official Porsche driver (n°36): “I would like to thank the team and Porsche for these three fantastic years. During this time we have experienced many ups and downs together. We hoped for more success and we have certainly deserved it. This year has started well for us. Our double room in Mexico was a highlight. But the second half of the season went badly and Seoul was not what I imagined my farewell to be either. I will miss the team – they are like family to me. I wish the team all the best and great success in the future. I’m staying with Porsche Motorsport and I’m in good hands there.”

Pascal Wehrlein, official Porsche driver (n°94): “At the moment I’m still disappointed with this weekend and our unlucky second half of the season. But even though we didn’t achieve the results we could have achieved, we showed great potential. However, there were also a lot of positive things. Mexico was of course our highlight. It’s a feeling we want to relive as soon as possible. I would also like to thank the team for their great support, hard work and camaraderie. We will do everything in our power to come back stronger next year and hopefully win a lot of races. »

Season 9 in 2023
Season 9 of the Formula E Championship kicks off with the new Gen3 race cars at the Mexico City E-Prix on January 14, 2023.

Photos: Porsche

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