Pascal Wehrlein will contest the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for TAG Heuer Porsche, with the 25-year-old joining Andre Lotterer in for season seven, replacing Neel Jani.
Wehrlein has competed in 17 races in Formula E to-date, entering in the 2018/19 season with Mahindra Racing. He has so far picked up 72 points, a pole position and clinched a spot on the podium in his maiden season, when he finished second at the Santiago E-Prix.
“It is a great honour for me to represent Porsche in the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship," said the 25-year-old. "I have always followed the brand’s unique motorsport history and have huge respect for the legendary Porsche success story.
"Now, to line up as a works driver for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is a fantastic opportunity. I would like to thank everyone at Porsche for this amazing opportunity and for trusting in my skills. Now I am looking forward to getting to know the team and starting work in Weissach as quickly as possible.”
The Sigmaringen-born driver has previously celebrated successes in a number of other international race series, starting in karting before making his debut in the ADAC Formula Masters in 2010 and winning the title a year later.
After finishing in second place in the Formula 3 European Series in 2012, he competed in touring car racing in the years that followed. Between 2013 and 2015 and in 2018, Wehrlein contested the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), where he celebrated three victories. He made history by winning the title in 2015, when at the age of 20 he became the youngest DTM champion of all time. Wehrlein raced for Manor and Sauber in Formula 1 in 2016 and 2017.
Fritz Enzinger, Head of Porsche Motorsport, welcomed Wehrlein to the fold and paid tribute to outgoing driver Neel Jani, who will remain with the Porsche family and involved with the marque's other motorsport operations.
“We are delighted to welcome Pascal to the Porsche family," said Enzinger. "He has gained a lot of experience in different race series at his young age, where he has always sparkled.
"We would also like to thank Neel Jani for his outstanding commitment. He played a significant part in the development of our Formula E project and thereby contributed greatly to the successes of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team this past season.
"Neel will stay with Porsche. We will see him in action in future motorsport projects again very soon which I’m very pleased about. With Pascal and Andre we will have two experienced, top-class Formula E drivers in the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, who have everything it takes to celebrate further success.”
Published on 14th August 2020