Jan 28, 2023

It was a sensational weekend for everyone at Monaco Increase Management as our driver Pascal Wehrlein won the second race of the weekend (Round 3 of the Formula E championship) on the 2.5 Km Diriyah street circuit, in the historical heart of Saudi’s capital city Riyadh. This is Wehrlein’s second win in a row and together with second place in the opening round in Mexico City, his points tally has lifted him to the top of the point standings ahead of the forthcoming challenge in India.

After yesterday’s dominating win, Wehrlein impressed again for his race pace, tire and energy management after starting from P5 on the grid. He had gone easily through the preliminary stage of qualifying but lost to René Rast in the quarter finals. Once again though, Wehrlein and his #95 99X TAG Porsche proved that race management this year is way more important than a good qualifying slot. At the start of the 39-lap race (one lap was then added in the end to compensate for a safety car spell) Wehrlein found a slot inside Turn 2 to take one position. He quickly developed an impressive race pace which allowed him to snatch third place from Hughes on Lap 12. One lap later, Wehrlein successfully attacked Evans for P2 before entering the Activation Zone for the first time, choosing a 3-minute spell. He had only Rast ahead of him but as René went into Attack Mode himself, Pascal took the lead of the race. A perfectly executed second visit to the Activation Zone meant that Wehrlein was still in the lead with one minute extra power, but the Safety Car on Lap 27 made things less easy for him and his Team as once again, pressure came from behind in the form of Jake Dennis’ car. The Avalanche driver uses the same Porsche Power Unit as the works drivers so, predictably, Dennis brought in the final challenge to Wehrlein’s lead. But Pascal once again kept a cool head and, taking most advantage of a slight energy edge, drove neatly through the extra lap to take the chequered flag as a winner for the second time in as many days.

“It was not easy, compared to yesterday”, the MIM driver admitted after the race “because the guys behind also had energy to spare. But today, too, our race pace was fantastic and the Attack Mode timing were perfect. I’m so proud of my team”. And we at Monaco Increase are totally proud of Pascal and all our drivers…