Formula E

"Redemption for the whole team" - Pascal Wehrlein back in championship lead after 2nd win of the season

Tim Neuhaus

Tim Neuhaus

The first Formula E weekend in Misano was one of highs and lows for Porsche. After Antonio Felix da Costa's disqualification as race winner and no points for Pascal Wehrlein on Saturday, Sunday had to be better. Porsche's overall package remained strong and so Wehrlein was able to take the race win and move back to the top of the world championship.

Pascal Wehrlein was modest after his second win of the season: "Our race was incident-free - that was the most important thing after yesterday." Many people had hoped for a race without incidents, including Oliver Rowland, who was Wehrlein's strongest rival for a long time: "At first it was a battle between four or five drivers, but then Oli and I were able to pull away a bit."

A game of tactics emerged between the two as the race progressed: "I took the lead and the plan was to stay in front, but Oli put a lot of pressure on me. I knew that if I defended, I would have problems with the energy, so I let him past."

The energy calculation gave the German a headache: "The team told me I had a three per cent energy advantage. I was very surprised and wasn't sure if that was true until the end. Then he (Rowland) ran out of energy on the last lap, and we were able to win after all." After Wehrlein's first Italian victory in Formula E, he thanked the team in particular for their work. He is now certain: "It was right to follow the information from the team."

Cheering up after Saturday's debacle

For the entire Porsche team, Sunday's victory was a cheering up after Antonio Felix da Costa's lost victory the day before due to a technical inconsistency. "That was redemption for the whole team today. We knew we had a fast package. We took an important step forward, especially in qualifying," said Wehrlein in the post-race press conference.

However, Wehrlein and Porsche have not yet forgotten the race on Saturday: "Nevertheless, we still have one crying eye because of yesterday, but the season is still long. You quickly go from zero to hero." The remaining nine races of the tenth Formula E season will show whether Felix da Costa can pick himself up and climb to the top step of the podium again.

Formula E's next stop is Monaco - not only a typical city circuit, but also one of the most historically significant venues in motorsport history. Wehrlein remains positive despite one meagre point last year: "We struggled in Monaco last year. But I'm generally optimistic." The Principality invites Formula E to the Monaco E-Prix on 27 April.

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Menon Koonjul ·

Pascal Wehrlein is the best driver ive ever seen drive an Formula e car and he deserves to be back in F1 where he truely belongs

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