With this announcement, Porsche turns into the eleventh and the ultimate group to disclose its driver line-up for FE’s second Gen3 marketing campaign, which can start on 13 January in Mexico Metropolis.
Wehrlein has been part of Porsche’s Formulation E group since 2021 and led the German marque’s title assault this 12 months, finally ending fourth within the standings with victories in Diriyah (each races) and Jakarta.
The 2019/20 champion Da Costa joined Wehrlein from DS Techeetah this 12 months to type one of the crucial potent driver mixtures in FE. He added podiums in Hyderabad and Portland to a shocking victory in Cape City, ending the 12 months ninth within the championship after his disqualification from the primary London E-Prix for a technical infringement.
Collectively, Wehrlein and Da Costa propelled Porsche to fourth within the groups’ standings, the Volkswagen Group model’s greatest ever end to a marketing campaign because it joined FE for the 2019/20 season.
Porsche will start preparations for 2024 on the official Valencia pre-season take a look at on 24-27 October, when the whole FE discipline will converge in Spain for 3 days’ of operating (with a media day in between).
Wehrlein and da Costa will likely be joined at Valencia by LMP3 and GT4 racer Gabriela Jílkova, who will function Porsche’s designated rookie driver in the course of the take a look at.
Porsche stated that it has additional developed the software program system on its 99X in the course of the low season break, with a particular focus additionally made on bettering the group’s one-lap efficiency.
Antonio Felix da Costa, Porsche, Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche
Photograph by: Andreas Beil
Each Wehrlein and da Costa did not log a single pole in 2023, with da Costa’s second-place end in Sao Paulo qualifying yielding the squad’s solely front-row begin of the season.
“We used the time to take a deep take a look at final season,” stated Porsche FE programme director Florian Modlinger.
“We analysed our strengths and weaknesses to gauge the potential that’s but to be tapped in our package deal. With reference to season 10, our precedence was to work on additional growing the software program to make our 4 99X Electrical vehicles much more aggressive.
“One other vital side we had been engaged on was to enhance our qualifying efficiency. We’ll use the take a look at in Valencia to proceed to systematically and meticulously put together for the upcoming season as producer and group.
“Our aim for 2024 is to keep up our good race efficiency and make extra enhancements in qualifying. Pascal Wehrlein and Antonio Felix da Costa will likely be joined by Gabriela Jílkova in Valencia.”
The 2023 season noticed Jake Dennis win his maiden FE title in a buyer Porsche 99X entered by Andretti. Dennis can have a brand new team-mate subsequent 12 months, with Norman Nato taking the place of factory Porsche driver Andre Lotterer.
Lotterer, who beforehand raced for the works Porsche team earlier than shifting to Andretti in 2023 to make manner for da Costa, has since announced his retirement from single-seaters to deal with the German producer’s LMDh programme within the World Endurance Championship.