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Final pre-season tweaks for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team

At the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship test days in Valencia, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team launches the final stage of preparations for the upcoming season. The eleven teams and 22 drivers contesting the world’s first electric racing series will complete five test sessions at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo between 29 November and 2 December.

Valencia is an important pre-season test, not least because of the mandated changes to the qualifying and race format. Sixteen races on four continents make up the 2021/2022 Formula E calendar.

After 2019 and 2020, this is the third time that the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team readies itself for the start of the season in Valencia. The Porsche 99X Electric will be put through its last paces on the Spanish racetrack, on which two races were contested in season 7 due to pandemic-related changes to the calendar. Engineers at Weissach have updated the software in Porsche’s first electric racing car.

Amiel Lindesay, Head of Operations Formula E

“We use the test as a shakedown of our Porsche 99X Electric for the first race. In addition to testing new parts, we also want to make sure that, like last year, the team functions as a tight unit. In the new season, we have some major changes in the qualifying and race format. We’ll simulate these changes to get an idea of what’s in store for us. This is an important part of our plan. Valencia is the only chance we get to test our racing cars before the season starts so we need to use this quality time constructively.” Simulating a qualifying and a race with all teams there will be helpful for us and our competitors. The FIA and Formula E can also gain important insights into the regulation changes and iron out any inconsistencies before the first race. During the break, we updated the software in our cars, which we tested in the simulator. Even so, it’s always good to get real-life confirmation on the racetrack.

I’m very much looking forward to being back in the car and with the team. Even if the track in Valencia isn’t overly relevant for Formula E, we hope to gain some important insights. Our engineers remastered the software of the 99X Electric after last season. Now, in Valencia, it’s all about ensuring that the updates not only work well in the simulator but also on the real track. We worked a lot in the simulator at Weissach. In addition to the software, the focus was also on the strategy. We looked for the best solutions for ourselves and the engineers so that we can be even more efficient and squeeze even more performance out of our cars. As for my private life, I went to the Goodwood Revival, celebrated my 40th birthday – and picked olives around my holiday home.

Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche-Werksfahrer (#94)

After the final race, the usual analyses and discussions were on the programme in Weissach. So, the season didn’t really end for us until the beginning of September – and in October we started again with preparations in the simulator. I used the time in between to do other things and recharge my batteries a bit. Above all, I intensified my fitness training during those weeks. This sometimes comes up short during the racing season due to time pressure. You’re going into season 8 with the new starting number 94. Very simple: 94 has always been my number since I started racing. It’s my birth year. Someone else had it in Formula E last season. Of course, when it became available for season 8, we grabbed it.

The racetrack

The layout for the test on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo will be the same as that of the 2021 Valencia E-Prix. The 3.376-kilometre circuit with its 15 turns has some critical places such as the tight double-right dog leg (turns 9 and 10) and the bus stop chicane (turns 13 to 15). Valencia has hosted the official Formula E test since 2017 – making this the fifth time.

The media service

A test report with an evaluation from the Head of Operations Formula E and drivers will follow on 2 December. Further information about the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team will be posted live on the Twitter channel @PorscheFormulaE. All relevant information about the team, the drivers and the racing series can be found in the Porsche Formula E Media Guide https://media.porsche.com/formel-e.

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Nov 24, 2021 at 15:31

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