Porsche has officially confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein and Antonio Felix da Costa will remain teammates for the forthcoming 2024 Formula E season. Porsche's driver lineup reveal makes them the eleventh and final team to do so for the upcoming season, which will begin on January 13 in Mexico City. Wehrlein has been an important asset in Porsche's pursuit of the Formula E championship since 2021. He finished season 9 in fourth place overall thanks to dominating wins in both the Diriyah and Jakarta races. The 2019/20 champion, Antonio Felix da Costa, joined forces with Wehrlein after switching from DS Techeetah, becoming one of the strongest driver duos in Formula E. Da Costa contributed to Porsche's success by finishing on the podium in both Hyderabad and Portland, and his amazing victory in Cape Town capped off an already stellar season. As a result of a technical infraction, he was disqualified from the first London E-Prix, although he still managed to finish the year in ninth place in the championship standings.
Formula E Season 10: Porsche Drivers Looking Forward to Valencia Test
Pascal Wehrlein after being confirmed by Porsche for the upcoming 10 said: “The test in Valencia marks the start of the new season. We’ve been busy with preparations for weeks, and we’ve already done stints in the simulator. I’m certain we’ve made further progress. Last season we learned a lot, which we can build on now. For Valencia, it’s important to be well prepared to be able to roll out our test programme without any issues and gain further insights. There are some minor changes for the new season. Valencia will certainly help us to fully understand them. Then, we can get stuck in.”
António Félix da Costa: “I’m looking forward to Valencia. The test is always cool because all of the teams and drivers are there. This gives us a chance to show where we stand against the competition, to see where we’re already strong and where we might need to make some improvements. The preparation for season 10 is going much better for me than last season’s preparation. I was new to the team last year and getting used to the car. This time everything is easier. I used the Formula E break to contest endurance races in the Porsche 963, spend time with my family and friends and prepare myself mentally and physically for the new season.”
Alejandro Agag, Founder and Chairman of Formula E, said: “Porsche has been a valued and influential team since joining Formula E and we are excited that this will continue. The championship is enabling Porsche to accelerate the development of the innovative EV technologies we see in their road cars, while the team is an active member of the group driving the development of the next generation of Formula E cars to arrive in Season 13.”
Formula E: Porsche Season 9 Achievement
In the tense season finale of Formula E season 9, Porsche customer team Avalanche Andretti Formula E driver Jake Dennis won the drivers' championship. This triumph occurred in the season finale, which took place in his hometown of London and on a course he had previously won twice before. Nick Cassidy of Envision Racing fought valiantly but had to settle for second place despite his best efforts. Third place in the championship went to Jaguar TCS Racing's Mitch Evans, and fourth place went to Pascal Wehrlein of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.
It's worth noting that Wehrlein and da Costa didn't win the pole position in 2023 and had a difficult season overall. As a team, they only ever had one front-row start, and that was in Sao Paulo, where da Costa qualified in second position.
During upcoming Valencia testing, seasoned LMP3 and GT4 driver Gabriela Jlkova will join Wehrlein and da Costa. As Porsche's designated rookie driver, Jlkova will be making her competitive debut. During the offseason, Porsche dedicated itself to improving the 99X race car's software system, with a focus on the car's one-lap performance.