For TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, Round 6 proved to be a real sickener for the team after both Andre Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein failed to finish the race on the streets of Monaco - doubly so given Wehrlein looked on for a maximum score. Explaining exactly what happened was Director Factory Motorsport Formula E, Florian Modlinger.
"The car turned completely off and shut down," said Porsche's Florian Modlinger, moments after the checquered flag fell on Round 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. "We had no contact to the driver and the car is only just coming back now, so we need to wait and analyse the data what exactly happened. We had nothing left - no radio, no power."
The car he was referring to belonged to Pascal Wehrlien who, having wrestled the lead of the race from Jaguar TCS Racing's Mitch Evans and looked odds on for the race win before he crawled to a stop on track on the downhill section out of Mirabeau. "I talked to him but, as you can imagine, he's gone from the leading the race to zero points instead of winning a race and he had a really good performance over the whole day. That's really disappointing," added Modlinger.
With Wehrlein's car recovered, the racing got back underway until shortly after, a collision with Mahindra Racing's Oliver Rowland saw Andre Lotterer hit the wall into Sainte Devote (Turn 1), ending his race early.
"It was another very disappointing incident, because he was also running in the top six and then an over-motivated competitor took him out of the race. It's not ideal and very disappointing. Andre is also angry but that's also racing - you cannot do anything about it," said Modlinger.
After the race, Rowland received a three-place grid drop which he will serve in Round 7 when the championship heads to Berlin on 14 & 15 May. The British driver nudged the seasoned Porsche racer into the barrier at Sainte Devote before he collided with the wall himself further up the hill.
With both Porsche drivers walking away from Monaco with zero points to show for it, the team now sits sixth in the standings with 85 points, 35 points off leaders Mercedes-EQ. The team will be looking to rekindle its fine form ahead of the marque's home race in Berlin on the 14 & 15 May.
Published on 30th April 2022