WEHRLEIN DEFENDS TITLE CHANCES WITH 8-POSITIONS COMEBACK
Monaco Increase Management drivers are no quitters. Pascal Wehrlein knew that his run to the 2023 Formula E World championship title had been compromised by his Porsche car lacking competitiveness in the last rounds, but in both Round 13 and 14 on the iconic Rome circuit he did his best to defend his chances ahead of the last two races which are scheduled in London in two weeks. Wehrlein’s seven place in Sunday’s race, at the end of a hard fought battle in which he recovered eight positions to take seventh place finish, keeps him 49 point behind new series leader Jake Dennis. A more favorable situation could be offered by the Teams’ classification where Porsche is currently running second and fourteen points behind Envision Racing, with Pascal contributing 61 per cent of the Porsche tally, despite being demoted to ninth in the first race for team’s improper use of power delivery under caution.
Once again, Wehrlein’s final result could have been much improved by a better starting position, but the German-Mauritian driver struggled in his Group B preliminary classification and only got eighth best, resulting in a combined P15 grid position. Pascal gave it all from the start, quickly overtaking Di Grassi already in the first lap before a safety car was called on track when Evans missed the braking point and ran in the back and on top of Cassidy’s car. In the ensuing melee, despite a contact with some damaged, Wehrlein had managed to climb back up to P10 before the race was neutralized. From then on, the team put him on an aggressive strategy which involved clearing the two mandatory Attak Mode periods (two plus six minutes) as quick as possible. The tactics worked well and Pascal saw up to his final position with ten laps to go. He managed his energy reserve skillfully to end the race on about 0.6 percent left and preserve his fourth overall place in the drivers’ points standings. In London it will be Mission Impossible but Pascal and MIM are determined to finish the season on a high!