It was the 2nd race of the still fresh Formula E season that took place just a day later in Riyadh – and what a race it was. The Ad-Diriyah Formula E Circuit was still sprinkled by the occasional desert sand and slippery to boot, so Day 2 was just as difficult as the previous. The result: a most eventful race.
Just how challenging the track in Saudi Arabia truly was, was proven by the increased number of accidents that occurred throughout the fast-paced and hard-fought over race. Yellow Flags, Safety Car phases and a full-course Yellow Phase increased the race’s suspense and created a challenge: Particularly the energy management was the main focus. Over and over again, sand was spattered up from the track and gave a clear message to everyone: The pace of the race was fast, nobody was willing to give an inch. As a result, there were several smaller and larger-scale accidents – and as a result, Safety Car phases. Regularly, these brought the field even closer and ruined all progress made on increasing the lead. Staying focused and keeping eyes peeled was the motto. After all, with each minute driven during the Safety Car phase, energy is deducted from the drivers. Precious energy needed to decide the race. The race instructors of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team kept a close eye on the energy budget of both Porsche 99X pilots and gave regular updates via radio, “Energy looks good, energy looks good!”