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The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

A low-key Valencia test left some quarters of Porsche's Formula E squad worried, but a 100% winning start for the German manufacturer's powertrain in 2022-23 underlines its early race day advantage. Porsche's key figures explain the strong start in Gen3, and why the work is only just beginning

After Valencia’s collective Formula E testing, Pascal Wehrlein was hardly at ease. Across the three-and-a-bit days of running at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, once the best times were put together in order, Wehrlein was 12th overall. Of the four Porsche-powered cars on the grid in 2022-23 season, including the Andretti squad, Wehrlein’s 1m25.873s was the best of the quartet.

It’s usually pointless to look too deeply into the Valencia times themselves but, following the December running, Wehrlein was still not particularly confident heading into the Mexico City season opener – and nor was customer team Andretti’s Jake Dennis. It looked like Porsche had rather missed the boat with the all-new cars.

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