World championship leader Wehrlein & Porsche confident ahead of Formula E home race in Berlin: "Our job is to win races"
The German Formula E team Porsche is traveling to its home race in Berlin as the world championship leader for the first time. At the same time, local hero Pascal Wehrlein leads the drivers' standings in the electric series. In Tempelhof, the Swabians want to be at the top of the podium again - and show themselves as confident as never before in Formula E.
"We have started the new season as well as ever with our new Porsche 99X Electric and are completely deserved at the top," says Wehrlein, confident of victory before the Berlin E-Prix. "Of course, you mustn't forget that, together with Berlin, there are still ten races to go. But I'm very confident that we'll be able to stay at the top until the end of the season."
Wehrlein is also benefiting this season from the good efficiency of his Porsche powertrain, thanks to which he is also one of the candidates for victory in Berlin. However, the same also applies to Andretti's two customer Porsches and, in particular, to his teammate Antonio Felix da Costa, who is not only celebrating his only Formula E championship title to date with two wins in Tempelhof, but has also been in slightly better shape than Wehrlein of late.
"We have proven on very different tracks that we are fast and can win races," said Cape Town winner Felix da Costa. "There's no reason why we shouldn't put in such a strong performance in Berlin and fight for victory. Especially since we haven't put our feet up during the break since Sao Paulo, but have been working hard to keep improving."
"Racing with Porsche in Berlin is very special for me," enthuses the Portuguese. "The city is fantastic, and the track at the old airfield is unique. It's very short, and the lap times won't be too far apart. So you can't afford the slightest mistake. It would be great if we could thank the German fans for their support with a home victory for Porsche."
"No team has ever had as many points after 6 races as we do now"
Wehrlein agrees: "The fact that we can present ourselves to our fans as the most successful team so far this season is a great feeling. It won't be easy for us and all the other teams, though. The asphalt on the old Tempelhof airfield is totally different from the surface of the other Formula E tracks. It requires a completely different setup for the tires and the car. We have to work that out in the short time available during the practice sessions and implement it as optimally as possible in qualifying and the race."
Porsche team boss Florian Modlinger is also more confident than usual: "Of course it's nice to arrive at our home races as the leaders in both world championship standings. Our start was sensational. Three victories in six races are a great opening result. Since Porsche started racing in Formula E, no team has had as many points after six races as we do now. Our job is to win races. We are therefore working hard to continue fighting for top positions after our three wins this season."
Ahead of Porsche's home races in Berlin - Rounds 7 and 8 of the season - Pascal Wehrlein leads the drivers' standings with 86 points ahead of Jake Dennis (62) in the customer Porsche. Antonio Felix da Costa is fifth with 58 points, Andre Lotterer (Andretti) 13th with 18 points. Porsche leads the team standings with 144 points ahead of Envision Racing (103).
The Berlin E-Prix of Formula E starts already on late Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. with the 1st Free Practice - to be followed live on e-Formel.de in the Livestream as well as in our popular Hankook Formula E Liveticker.