Pascal Wehrlein has insisted that Porsche needs to keep pushing forward to take advantage of their strong start of the season. 

The 29-year-old won both races in Diriyah last season and became only the fifth driver in Formula E history to win both legs of a doubleheader.

The German was quick all weekend, producing two calculated drives to the front with an unmatched energy management strategy.

“I had a good feeling already during testing and at the end of last season,” said Wehrlein. “It was clear that we have made some steps forward, but we can’t stop here we need to keep pushing on. 

“Mexico is somehow always a special track for us, that’s why I’m a bit cautious. But hopefully, we can confirm that performance in qualifying at Diriyah and on other tracks.”

“We seem much stronger in qualifying and we didn’t lose any speed in the race either. That makes me confident about Diriyah.

“But just because we won both races there last year doesn’t mean that we’ll automatically be as strong this time.

“We have to continue to work hard and improve because the other teams will also make progress.

“We simply mustn’t let up. The track in Diriyah is very special and tends to improve significantly during the race weekend, so we have to constantly adapt our setup.”

Antonio Felix Da Costa, Wehrlein’s teammate, had a difficult start to the season in Mexico, and the season six champion is looking to bounce back in Saudi Arabia.

 “After my difficult start to the season, I’m looking forward to Diriyah,” said Da Costa. “It’s a cool event for more reasons than being the only night race of the season.

“If things don’t go so smoothly, like for me in Mexico, you can’t afford to let it get you down. You have to be self-critical, you’re allowed to be annoyed by your mistakes for a while, but then you have to move on.

It’s the bad days that teach you the most. In any case, I’m taking a lot of positives from Mexico to Diriyah.”

“With it being a night race, your practice and qualifying happen during the day and then you race at night. Temperatures change, along with the track surface with the sand getting brushed away.

“Your perceptions also change with the shadows changing. It takes a little bit of adaptation and training to the eye but I love the different variables and it definitely creates a better show for the fans. It’s very cool to race there, and great to watch – especially at night.”