Tag Heuer Porsche enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as complete rookies but the German powerhouse has its sights set on upsetting the established order and creating a legacy in the all-electric series. Never has a new team been more prepared for a debut season, and the signing of Andre Lotterer is a statement of intent that they are not just here to make up the numbers.
Porsche is one of the most decorated names in motorsport history, and the legendary German outfit is now looking to further expand its reputation by making waves in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. After decades of endurance racing success, there is plenty for the Weissach-based team to live up to and it's taking no chances.
It has been more than 30 years since Porsche entered a single-seater championship, but meticulous preparation and hours of rigorous testing has ensured the team can be challengers right from the off as it looks to mix in with the established OEMs. Meanwhile, their rivalry with compatriots and fellow new-boys Mercedes-Benz EQ will be one to keep an eye on as the pair battle it out to be best of the rookie entries.
Poaching Andre Lotterer from reigning Teams’ champions DS Techeetah is a warning shot to the rest of the grid, with the veteran German considered one of the very best drivers in the paddock – despite so far failing to stand on the top step during his two years in Formula E. Lotterer is a three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and also lifted the World Endurance Championship crown in 2012. The 37-year-old boasts a wealth of single-seater experience that makes him one of the fiercest competitors on track and his consistency marks him as a stand-out title contender – if Porsche can deliver the goods. Lotterer had formed a dynamic partnership with good friend and double world champion Jean-Eric Vergne during his time at Techeetah, but the gloves will be off when the pair go head-to-head as championship rivals in the 2019/20 season.
Swiss ace Neel Jani takes the second seat at Porsche, having been directly involved in the development of the 99X Electric since the project’s inception. One of the most accomplished test drivers around, the 35-year-old is also a Le Mans winner, a former WEC champion and has already had a taste of Formula E with two outings for Dragon back in the 2017/18 season. Jani has shared a Le Mans seat with Lotterer for the past three years so their relationship will be crucial in firing Porsche to the top of the points table. After all, the iconic marque hasn’t entered Formula E to finish second.
Published on 6th November 2019