12/15/2020

2020: First steps into the uncharted territory of Formula E.

The current year is on the close, while the first season of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team already ended in August. Time for a review.

The first year of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team was eventful. Despite entering uncharted territory of the first Formula E race in Riad in January, the team stood out from the get-go: second place for André Lotterer directly for the kick-off. So, a well-suited debut. A grand moment, already making the preparation efforts a thing of the past during the first race weekend and filling the entire team with moments of joy.

All eyes on Porsche.

Of course, not only the Formula E fans perked up at that – it put the rookies from Zuffenhausen into the center of the competition radar. It was clear to everyone involved that the first fully electric race series would bring some challenges. So, everyone was prepared to face obstacles. And they did occur. Accidents through no fault of their own, unpredictable conditions, a strong competitive field – and a pandemic that forced the world to hit the brakes. Time-out, break – no more races.

For the love of the sport.

The Formula E always stood out through innovation. So, they utilized the forced break from real races and forged a new path: With its innovative concept, the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge brought real and virtual drivers together in a sim race. The unusual situation also led to a new challenge: To find a way to continue doing what is loved by all involved – namely perform races. And they did.

The way back to the racetrack.

The moment of return to the racetrack was a great relief. Just in time for the grand finale in Berlin, the current Formula E season could continue under strict safety measures. Utilizing the preceding break, the entire TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team prepared for this moment – meticulously working for the days in Berlin. During a finale worth-seeing, the viewers could witness what defines the Formula E in 3 doubleheaders over the span of just 12 days in the capital. Close calls in the qualifying, thrilling races, and in both Porsche drivers an unbroken will to win.

It was an extraordinary season. For both, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team and the Formula E itself. The time to review the first year in the new race series was brief. Much was learned, experienced and surely, somethings could’ve been well done without. But most importantly, in the end, the remarkable moments outweigh the bad. And with this, the team enters the new season with renewed vigor. 2021 can come.

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