At the wheel of his Porsche 99X Electric, André Lotterer (GER/No. 36) once again earned important championship points for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team in race 8 of the Berlin E-Prix this weekend.
On the platform of the historic Tempelhof airport, he took the flag in eighth place after narrowly missing a podium finish the day before. His teammate Pascal Wehrlein (GER/No. 94) finished 12th.
André Lotterer is seventh with 59 points in the drivers’ standings of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Pascal Wehrlein is eighth with 51 points. In the team standings, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is in fifth place with 110 points.
André Lotterer started the race from fourth on the grid and got off to a good start in the world’s first electric racing series. On the 2,355 kilometer long street course at Tempelhof Airport, he rode a long stretch with the leading peloton and was sometimes on course for a podium place. In the second half of the race, however, he lost contact with the front runners. From 19th place Pascal Wehrlein drove a decent race. He launched a breathtaking charge across the field, moved up to seventh, but eventually crossed the line in 12th, missing out on points.
Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E: “André once again did very well in qualifying. He is the only driver to have made it to all races so far this season. That’s a great achievement. Pascal, however, did not feel comfortable in the car and was unable to build up enough grip. As a result, he could not set a better lap time. But since he started from P19, he drove a solid race. André started the race from fourth place and initially followed the pace of the leading group, also in attack mode. But as the race progressed, he lost touch with his rivals. We will analyze this in detail when we return to Weissach. We have some homework ahead of us and we will work hard to do better in the next races.”
André Lotterer, Porsche works driver (#36): “After the semi-final in qualifying, I had hoped for a little more, but the race was tough. The balance of the car was not ideal and that affected the efficiency. As a result, I dropped from fourth to eighth. Race 7 yesterday went well, so now we have to look at the reason behind this. On the positive side, I earned points in both races. We have a good base for the second half of the season.”
Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver (#94): “Unfortunately qualifying did not go well for me. I lacked grip and the balance was lost. Still, our race pace was okay and I managed to make up seven places, but I couldn’t do more from this position. That’s a shame, because we could certainly have taken a few points home.”
The next race for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is the Jakarta E-Prix, round 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on June 4.