‘Payback’ was how Pascal Wehrlein described his and Porsche’s first Formula E win, which came at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (on a shorter layout than that used by Formula 1).
The German has history in Mexico, having missed out on victory in the final metres in the past, while last year he crossed the line first only for his Porsche to be disqualified on a silly tyre technicality.
How he set the record straight, with team-mate André Lotterer shadowing him home, was immensely “satisfying”.
That sense of satisfaction was increased for the team by its execution of strategy. As the clock ran down on the 45-minute duration, the drivers were told to push for the line before the time was up to ensure the field needed to complete not one but two more laps. Porsche wanted to prove a point: Wehrlein passed the chequered flag as his car dropped to 0% energy. Perfect judgement.
Stretching the distance also caught out rivals including Jaguar’s Mitch Evans and Sam Bird, plus Mahindra’s Oliver Rowland, who each ran out of their energy allocation before the finish and therefore failed to score. Showboating from the Porsche strategists? Just as well they got their sums right.
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