December 15, 2016 @ 05:05 PM

Porsche to appear stronger with new 2017 LMP1 driver line up

The marquee will also field a factory team to compete in the 2017 FIA WEC featuring Werner, Muller and Vanthoor

Mark Webber’s departure from the racing world is not the only issue that Porsche will have to handle as Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas are leaving the LMP1 programme as well. Putting Porsche in a pickled position like how Nico Rosberg did to Mercedes, luckily they would not have to suffer for long as Audi’s departure from the prototype programme is a blessing in disguise.

 

Since he is among the best drivers in the game who raced for one of the respected LMP1 factory teams around, Andre Lotterer was welcomed with open arms into the seat of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1. The 2012 WEC champion and three-time Le Mans podium grabber will be joined by Nick Tandy and reigning WEC champion Neel Jani in the #1 919 Hybrid.

In the #2 car, the seat will be shared by two New Zealanders Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, and Timo Bernhard from Germany. The 2017 version of the 919 Hybrid will be an interesting one as it features a complete overhaul of almost all components, an optimized aerokit, and the one that will catch the eye the most, a new colour design. This updated 919 will make its debut on 23rd March at the WEC prologue in Monza, Italy.

 

With Bamber and Tandy moving up to the LMP division, the empty seats of the factory squad to the FIA WEC have been filled by Dirk Werner and Sven Muller from Germany, and Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium. Porsche will be fielding a factory squad to the 2017 FIA WEC rounds in order to grab the GT world championship titles for both the driver and manufacturer.

“This is a significant boost for our motorsport involvement and underlines that we have chosen the right platform with the WEC,” said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG.

 

Hussein Zain

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