Race report: Jakarta E-Prix, 11th race of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) in the Porsche 99X Electric retakes the lead in the drivers' standings.
TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team extends their lead in the teams' standings.
António Félix da Costa (POR) contributes important points to good team result.
Race 12 will be held in Portland/USA on 24 June.
Successful Porsche appearance at the Jakarta E-Prix: With a strong team performance in races 10 and 11 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team regained the lead in the teams' standings. And Pascal Wehrlein in the Porsche 99X Electric reclaimed the top spot in the drivers' standings.
The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team successfully braved the extreme weather conditions in Jakarta again on Sunday, in temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius and with a humidity of 70 percent. After the team from Weissach secured their fourth win of the season overall in race 10 on Saturday to retake the lead in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Pascal Wehrlein followed suit in race 11 on Sunday and moved back up into first place in the drivers' standings. After his superb victory the day before, he did enough by finishing in sixth place in the fiercely contested second scorching race at the Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit. His team-mate António Félix da Costa crossed the finish line in seventh place after 38 laps.
In the teams' standings of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is sitting at the top of the table with 212 points after eleven of 16 races, ahead of Envision Racing (190), Jaguar (171) and Avalanche Andretti (156). Pascal Wehrlein leads the drivers' standings with 134 points, followed by Jake Dennis (GBR/133), who finished in second place for the Porsche customer team Avalanche Andretti in both Jakarta races. António Félix da Costa (78) is sixth, André Lotterer (GER/23) is in 14th place. He was unable to compete in Indonesia due to his involvement in the official test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Porsche Penske Motorsport. David Beckmann, his stand-in in the Porsche 99X Electric of Avalanche Andretti, was forced to retire from his second-ever Formula E race after seven laps, through no fault of his own.
Pascal Wehrlein made it into the duels in qualifying once again and started the race from sixth on the grid in his Porsche 99X Electric. And, after having moved up into fourth place temporarily, it was in this position that he crossed the finish line. António Félix da Costa moved up four places, starting from P11, to contribute important points to a good team result in seventh place.
Quotes from the Jakarta E-Prix, race 11
Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E: “That was another strong performance from the whole team in extreme conditions today, huge thanks to everyone involved. We leave Jakarta leading both the teams' and drivers' world championships. This is a good base for the five remaining races of the season. However, we will need to keep working hard and try to keep extending our lead little by little. The race for the title is very close and promises to be exciting down to the wire.”
Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche factory driver (#94): “After my win on Saturday, I’m delighted that I was able to regain the lead in the championship today. Overall, things were a bit more difficult today. I had to start from the dirty side of the track and lost a position right at the start. I tried to move up the field, but it was very difficult to overtake. With the championship in mind, I didn't want to take too many risks.”
António Félix da Costa, Porsche factory driver (#13): “I made a mistake in qualifying, which cost me a better starting position. I was able to move up a few positions in the race. Together with Pascal, I wanted to secure as many points for the team as possible. Which we managed. Overall, Jakarta was a success for Porsche, with the lead in both championships. Huge thanks to the team, who did a fantastic job once again in these difficult conditions.”
The next race for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is the Portland E-Prix in the USA on 24 June, race 12 in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Porsche in Formula E
In 2023, the squad contests its fourth season in the world’s first all-electric racing series with the new Porsche 99X Electric. Avalanche Andretti fields two Porsche 99X Electric as the first Porsche customer team in Formula E. As an accelerator for innovative and sustainable mobility technologies, Formula E has brought thrilling motorsport to people living in major cities since 2014. With the all-electric Taycan Turbo S, Porsche again supplies the official safety car, and thus underlines the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport.