STUTTGART, Germany – Porsche has announced its driver lineups for the FIA World Endurance Championship LMP1 two-car 919 Hybrid program.
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.
One is New Zealander Earl Bamber and the other Britain’s Nick Tandy. Both have already gained a wealth of experience in the 919 Hybrid. In 2015, they joined forces with the Formula 1 pilot Nico Hülkenberg (Germany) to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a third Porsche LMP1 and clinched a commanding victory.
The third recent addition, André Lotterer, 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 No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid joining the reigning World Endurance Champion Neel Jani. Two New Zealanders, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, will now be in the cockpit of the No. 2 vehicle with Timo Bernhard of Germany.
“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, Porsche AG.