Today the Porsche Team concluded its second test of the year in Abu Dhabi. In total the current World Championship winning team has spent eight days driving on the 5.554 kilometer long Formula One circuit in the United Arab Emirates. The main target was tyre testing with partner Michelin. Furthermore, new components on the Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 2016 season have been tested. The programme included aerodynamic comparisons as well as testing the latest developments on the powertrain, including the hybrid system.
After drivers Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) completed 2,059 kilometers in three days in Abu Dhabi earlier in February, the new drivers’ World Championship trio of Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) were on duty for five days and covered 4,142 km. Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, was at the track observing the test.
Team Principal Andreas Seidl said: “We are very pleased with this test. It is a demanding and important task to make the right choices out of the variety of tyres, as we will spend the season on them. Consistent conditions are essential to get reliable results. In Abu Dhabi we didn’t only have dry conditions, but also constant temperatures. We can’t find such conditions in Europe at this time of the year.”