The five test sessions in Spain are an important one for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E crew Positioning before the second season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and a welcome opportunity to drive the Porsche 99 X Electrical to be subjected to a final endurance test. The electric racing car was continuously developed by the engineers in Weissach and equipped with a new drive train. The regular drivers in Valencia are André Lotterer (DE / start number 36) and Pascal Wehrlein (DE / start number 36) in action. In the coming season, Wehrlein is going to compete with Porsche for the first time. Simona De Silvestro (CH) and Neel Jani (CH) are available as replacement pilots in 2021.
Voices before the test drives
Amiel Lindesay (Head of Operations Formula E): “The preparation for season 7 began for united states with the dropping of the checkered flag after the last race in Berlin. United states then took a close look at every ingredient in our car and the processes in the crew and optimized every little thing with a view to the new season. Seen in this light, the test in Valencia is an important assessment of the situation for united states. As the new crew in the strong and highly competitive World Championship, we learned a lot in our debut season. I am convinced that we have made major development steps in all areas. But our competitors have worked just as hard. So we’re looking forward to an interesting season. The test in Valencia will reveal whether we have worked in the right direction and where we stand compared to our competitors. “
André Lotterer (Porsche 99 X Electrical # 36): “I see the test in Valencia with great success Contrary to expectations. United states has had a very interesting first season in which we learned a lot of important things and made good progress from race to race. The circuit in Valencia is also in the new constellation, i.e. without the additional chicane and with Observe Limits sensors, not mega-connected for Formula E. But we’ll see where we stand compared to the competition. This location is important. “ Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche 99 X Electrical # 99): “For me, Valencia is the first official test with my new crew. I am really looking forward to this. I was warmly received by everyone and settled in well. I have been in Weissach several times since August to prepare for the season in simulator sessions and – this is important – to develop a good understanding with my engineers. Now I can hardly wait until it finally starts. “
The test track in Valencia
With its official test days before the actual start of the season, Formula E will be visiting the Ricardo Tormo circuit for the fourth time. The route originally designed for motorcycle races has now been adapted to the requirements of Formula E with an additional chicane. This will now be waived again in order to reduce the risk of damage to the cars, because the cars are shipped from Valencia directly to Santiago de Chile. Instead of the one chicane, a new type of Observe Limits machine is now being installed for the first time in various corners.