At the end of the second race on the 2.494-kilometre circuit, Lotterer initially crossed the finish line in sixth
In its debut season, Porsche has enjoyed a more than encouraging response with driver Andre Lotterer (D) bagging second position at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/2020. The season opener that was held on Friday also offered the Porsche team valuable experience at the second Diriyah E-Prix.
After reaching the podium on the previous day, Lotterer initially crossed the finish line in the sixth place at the end of the second race on the 2.494 km circuit near the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. He finished just over three seconds behind race-winner, Alexander Sims (D, BMW). However, he then received a drive-through penalty for overtaking at the start of a safety car period. Lotterer failed to spot the yellow flags as he passed another car that was experiencing technical issues. Having started the race from tenth place, the German driver was demoted to a final position of 14th. Lotterer’s team-mate Neel Jani (CH) moved up five places from 18th on the grid to finish 13th.
The Formula E Fanboost saw fans vote Lotterer into the top five on both days. This provided the Porsche driver with 100 kJ of additional energy in each race. With two races out of 14 now complete, Lotterer is sixth in the drivers’ championship with 18 points. The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is also in the sixth place in the overall team standings. The third race of the season is scheduled to take place on January 18, 2020 in Santiago de Chile.