Since mid-August, the new 99X Electric Gen3 has been put through its paces on various circuits. The traditional pre-season testing in Valencia from 13 to 16 December now serves as the final rehearsal for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team before things get serious one month later.
“The tests over the past few weeks were demanding and challenging,” says Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport FE, “but they allowed us to make some promising pre-season progess. For the most part, we were able to complete our programmes as planned and gained important insights to continue working on our car.”
With the official test races in Valencia, Spain, the Team now enters the final phase of preparation for Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – and the competitors do as well. “The cards are being reshuffled with the new Gen3 cars. All teams are at the same technical level. That’s a guarantee of exciting and fiercely contested races“, says Modlinger.
One thing’s for sure: in the upcoming season, the opposing teams will, once again, do everything they can to challenge our drivers for positions and victories. Especially the season opener in Mexico City sets high expectations for Pascal Wehrlein, who celebrated a brilliant milestone of his Formula E career on this track last year. The newcomer to the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team and 2019/2020 champion António Félix Da Costa has used the tests so far to get into the groove and warm up with the new Gen3 car.
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo offers plenty of challenges to test our Team’s driving skills in combination with the new 99X Electric Gen3: the 3.376-kilometre high-speed circuit offers good overtaking opportunities as well as a colourful mix of different types of bends. There is no better way to prepare.
In the Spanish sun, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has one last chance to grow together, work out mistakes and develop strategies for the upcoming races before the points start to be counted from 14 January. Both drivers and the entire TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team are full of ambition and anticipation to show the motorsport world once again what they’re capable of.