Pascal Wehrlein feels the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team will be better in race conditions during this weekends Rome ePrix double-header than they were in the first round of the season in Saudi Arabia.
Wehrlein joined Porsche ahead of the 2020-21 FIA Formula E season and made his debut with the team in the Diriyah ePrix at the end of February, and he managed to score points in both races across the weekend. His fifth and tenth place results sees him sit tenth in the Drivers’ standings heading to Italy.
“As a newcomer to the team, having a good start was particularly important,” said Wehrlein. “We’ve shown our potential. We were very strong over one lap, but we lacked a bit of speed in the race.
“We’ve made some improvements for Rome, and if we manage to implement them in the race, I reckon anything is possible.”
With two races again this weekend, Wehrlein says getting time on track and in direct competition to their rivals will be beneficial for Porsche, and the double-header always gives the chance of redemption should anything go wrong in race one.
“The more races we contest, the better it is for our team,” said the German. “In any case, I’m looking forward to spending more time in the car.
“It’s possible that the first day might not run smoothly. If this happens, the weekend isn’t over – we have a second chance to achieve a better result. The new track is fast and a real challenge with its bumpy surface.
“When we prepared for Rome, the main thing for us was to familiarise ourselves with the current track variant and to find the ideal setup for our Porsche 99X Electric for the first race. In Formula E, you have very little time to tweak the setup on the actual race day, and that makes it all the more important to get the baseline right.”