03.12.2016 Porsche strengthens driver lineup - new team mate for Timo and Brendon
Porsche has paid tribute to the outstanding achievements of teams and drivers during 2016 at the Night of Champions motorsport gala in Weissach. On this occasion, the new driver lineup for the 2017 season was announced.
Porsche Motorsport LMP will return in 2017 as the defending champions to tackle the nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will again compete with the starting numbers one and two.
The most significant change in both LMP1 racing cars can be found in the cockpit. After the departure of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Mark Webber from the LMP1 driver lineup, three newcomers will join the crew. Two hail from Porsche’s existing factory driver squad: the New Zealander Earl Bamber (26) and Britain’s Nick Tandy (32). Both have already gained a wealthy of experience in the 919 Hybrid. In 2015, they joined forces with the Formula 1 pilot Nico Hülkenberg to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a third Porsche LMP1 and clinched a commanding victory. The third recent addition, André Lotterer (35), has climbed to the top step of the Le Mans podium three times and was crowned champion of the WEC in 2012 as an Audi works driver.
Lotterer and Tandy will share driving duties in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid with the reigning World Endurance Champion Neel Jani (32).
Joining the two New Zealanders Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley (27) in the cockpit of the #2 vehicle is Timo Bernhard (35) from Germany.
Thanks to continuing development, next year’s 919 represents another step in its technological evolution, featuring a completely new colour design, an optimised aerokit, and the complete overhaul of almost all components.
The vehicle will be officially unveiled on 23 March at the WEC prologue, which is held for the first time in Monza, Italy.