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Lindesay: Valencia Brought “Vital Lessons” for Porsche

Porsche takes positives from fraught Valencia pre-season test days…

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Porsche’s new Formula E team benefitted from vital lessons after running two cars at a test session for the first time in Valencia earlier this month, according to Amiel Lindesay, its head of operations for Formula E.

Lindesay says that the practical experience of a difficult first two days of the test will actually aid the Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team in the long-term.

At Valencia, Neel Jani crashed his Porsche 99X Electric at the first chicane ensuring that a new monocoque had to be built up for the Swiss to continue his running.

Andre Lotterer had a similar incident a day later and the resulting repairs were protracted due to issues with the installation of a fresh battery.

“We had two hard days (Tuesday and Wednesday) with two crashes and we lost track time because of that,” Lindesay told e-racing365.

“But this is the reality of what we will face in the races and it makes you hardened, so ultimately it is good for the team and you get some vital lessons, definitely.

“You can’t simulate running two cars and it is the first time we have done it and it got us sorted and prepared for the racing season.”

Lindesay admitted that Formula E’s tight race day schedule was in the mind of the crews as they readied both Jani and Lotterer’s cars after the incidents.

“There is no real luxury now of sitting down after a long Free Practice session and going through the data like we did in WEC,” said Lindesay.

“It is hard to flow more and you have to crack on and trust you are going in the right direction. This is the hardest part and we will have to get used to that quickly.”

Porsche will go straight in to a double-header event at Ad Diriyah next month and becomes the only brand-new team to have ever have begun its program with two immediate back-to-back races.

“It’s rather tough going straight in to a double-header format,” said Lindesay.

“Last year there was a test day after the race day there [at Ad Diriyah] so the whole pit lane has two days of experience and have nothing.

“The second day will be utilized as a second event totally but it’s a big hill to climb straight off the bat.

“There is quite a long gap afterwards until the next round for us to sort things out and look at the areas to work on and prep for when the season picks up pace.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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