It all comes down to this – after fourteen pulse-raising rounds, ten incredible global circuits and one unforgettable season, London’s ABB FIA Formula E World Championship finale will crown the victors of the Season 9 Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships.
A season of great significance deserves an appropriate finale, accompanied by a stage worthy of its importance; behold London’s ExCeL circuit, perhaps the most unique in Season 9’s calendar. Sprawling over two kilometres in length with twenty demanding turns, this urban track consists of various changes in surface, elevation and lighting that will push even the most experienced drivers in the Season 9 field to their limits.
Much like the unpredictable London circuit that lies in wait, the path leading to this ultimate showdown has been a labyrinth of twists and turns for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team. So, how did we arrive at this pivotal showdown?
SEASON 9: A RECAP
The team started Season 9 with blistering speed; Pascal Wehrlein starred in Mexico’s season opener with a composed second-place finish, before then establishing himself at the top of the Drivers’ standings with a double-win in Diriyah. Inspired by his teammate’s successes, former 2020 champion António Félix da Costa entered the fray, gracing the podium in Hyderabad and then triumphing in Cape Town with what could be hailed as the overtake of the season.
Despite their early successes, however, the team’s purple patch soon turned grey, encountering a string of frustrating results that allowed the once distant competition to climb back into contention for the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships.
Yet, when their mettle was truly tested, the team roared back in Jakarta's double-header: Round 10 saw #94 driver Pascal Wehrlein top the podium for a third time in Season 9, with Round 11 continuing a steady return of points that could prove crucial come the showdown in London. Continuing the team’s electric resurgence, António Félix da Costa mounted the podium in the Portland E-Prix, again contributing significantly to the team’s pursuit of the Teams’ Championship crown.
Whilst not the season’s grand finale, Rome played an instrumental role in altering the Season 9 Teams’ and Drivers’ standings, which hung precariously in the balance before the weekend’s start.
THE STATE OF PLAY
The season’s penultimate double-header in Rome proved challenging for the team, as qualifying in particular posed a tough obstacle. However, both Porsche drivers fought back well in the races, with former Drivers’ Championship leader Pascal Wehrlein walking away with points that keep the team focussed on claiming the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E Teams’ Championship.
All eyes now are now locked onto London for the season finale; claiming the title won’t be easy, but the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team hopes to make it matter one final time.