Porsche has had a dream start to season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E world championship after their works driver Pascal Wehrlein took back-to-back victories at the Diriyah ePrix in Saudi Arabia on Friday and Saturday night. Porsche also claimed victory in the opening round of the season in Mexico City at the hands of their customer, the Avalanche Andretti Autosport team.
Driving the new Porsche 99X Electric Gen3 car and as a result of his double win, Pascal Wehrlein leads the championship on 68 points, 6 ahead of Avalanche Andretti team’s Jake Dennis.
I’ll never forget this weekend. Two wins are an unbelievable success. The whole team gave a fantastic performance over the weekend. Everybody worked hard for this achievement and I’m incredibly proud of the team. Today we had blistering race pace and a perfect strategy. We used the attack mode at exactly the right time. That was a decisive advantage. When I won on Friday I had to overtake more cars, but today’s race was even more difficult. You could see that our rivals were catching up. That means we can’t rest on our laurels either.”
Antonio Felix Da Costa came home in P11 and, as a result, is currently in 12th place in the standings on six points speaking following the action, he said:
Another terrific day for Porsche. Congratulations to Pascal and the whole team. Things ran a little better for me today. We’re making progress every day, but of course, we aren’t quite where I’d like us to be yet. But that’s just a question of time. We have a fantastic car. I’m highly motivated and I know I have a superb team behind me. The successes will come.”
Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport:
“That was a fantastic weekend. The entire team’s hard work is finally being rewarded. I’m very proud of everyone on the squad. We’ve done our homework, now we need to stay focussed. The season is still long and we know how tough the competition is in this world championship. But after this success, it’s now time to celebrate.”
Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E:
“A sensational weekend for Porsche with two wins for the Porsche 99X Electric Gen3. We can be proud of our development team in Weissach and of our team at the track, which once again executed our strategy perfectly today. We also made progress in qualifying in Diriyah. Pascal secured a much better starting position today with P5 – an advantage he made perfect use of. He got off to a great start, then meticulously fought his way up the order to ultimately take the lead and not let it go.”
Up next is round 4, Hydrabad, India.