The Porsche Team completed the second comprehensive test with the new Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 2015 FIA WEC. Despite some strong, sand blowing winds at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, it was a very productive test with a total of 5,118 kilometres covered. Driving duties were shared by Romain Dumas (France), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand), Nico Hülkenberg (Germany), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Mark Webber (Australia). Now all nine drivers who will be racing the second generation of the 919 in 2015 have had the chance to test it.
Team Principal Andreas Seidl said: “Most importantly the test has proven we’re working in the right direction. It is good that all the drivers got to know the 2015 car and, of course, we’re especially happy to have Mark Webber back in his usual great shape after his heavy shunt at the season’s finale in December. Alongside the technical aspects, we have also been using this test to become familiar with the new mechanics and engineers who we have taken on board due to the entry of the third car in Spa and Le Mans.”
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, summarised: “As at the first test in Abu Dhabi, we have once again realised what a difference it makes to have the experience of one season under our belts. Both the car and the crew are strong enough to deal with the challenge of managing a third 919 in Spa and Le Mans. The next step is now the homologation at the end of February. Then we will also make our final decision which megajoule class will be the most efficient for us in the 2015 season.”