FIA WEC: Porsche confirms LMP1 lineup for 2015
Porsche has confirmed its LMP1 driver lineup for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season, opting to remain with all six of its current full-season pilots for next year’s program with the all-new Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Despite rumors of at least one high-profile Formula One driver potentially jumping ship, the German manufacturer will have stability in its full-season lineup, with Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Brendon Hartley, Marc Lieb and Mark Webber all returning next year.
No word has been given on the potential of a third car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is known to be under consideration, and one of the primary reasons for Porsche recently testing the majority of its factory GT drivers in its LMP1 car.
The team heads into this weekend’s penultimate round of the season in Bahrain looking to give the 919 Hybrid its first victory, with a number of its drivers, including ex-F1 star Webber, no stranger to the 3.363-mile circuit, which was also used for pre-season testing.
“Apparently I have never found out the secrets of that place, but perhaps this will change now thanks to Timo and Brendon," Webber said. "Technically the circuit should be good for us and for our car.
"It will be interesting to see how our performance develops, especially as we have been testing in Bahrain early this year.”