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How Porsche is overcoming logistical challenges at the Formula E finale

After roughly five months without racing, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns from 5th to 13th August with the big season finale in Berlin. The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has an extraordinarily packed programme ahead of it with six races in nine days. There is great anticipation among the whole team ahead of the return to the racetrack. The Formula E safety measures are comprehensive and demand precise organisation.

Safety comes first

The Formula E safety measures plan for the season finale in Berlin is a comprehensive one. The team has used the race-free period to prepare meticulously for the different conditions. As well as the Formula E safety measures, we also have internal guidelines, which we have been able to test in recent weeks to ensure we are well prepared when we travel to Berlin, said Lindesay. Team members on site must comply with many other regulations.

Formula E personnel and the individual teams work in the so-called ‘bubble’ system. Once they arrive in Berlin, each member must undergo a coronavirus test in the team hotel, after which they must go into quarantine – until they have a negative result. The team members then travel to the racetrack in dedicated groups.

More races demand precise planning

Lindesay said “We must take far more spare parts with us for the six race days than we would usually.” Nothing is being left to chance, especially as the restrictions at the racetrack also affect logistics.

The Porsche 99X Electric and the associated equipment are transported to Berlin by freight, but the additional internal spare parts for the six races can only be delivered in a one-off delivery at the start of August. “You have to think ahead and plan for different scenarios. As we can only accept spare parts once, we have to factor in all possible eventualities,” said the New Zealander.

Operational and virtual personnel planning

Another peculiarity in Berlin is the limited number of team members on site. As well as the mechanics, the race engineers are also on site – all those who are essential in Berlin from an operational perspective. “We have set ourselves up differently as a team, but at the end of the day everyone is doing their job – regardless of whether that is at the racetrack or at home.”

We have tested this scenario several times recently, which has given us the opportunity to make our workflows even more efficient. That has worked very well so far. The processes will continue to be fine-tuned between now and the opening race in Berlin.

Races behind closed doors

The restrictions regarding everyday work may pose a challenge to the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, but they have done their homework. After all, the forthcoming six races form the conclusion to the current Formula E season. This marks the end of the debut season for Porsche.

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