After speculation about Porsche’s LMP1 drive line up has got larger and larger over the last few weeks, the manufacture has finally put an end to the rumors and have now officially announced their LMP1 drive line-up for next year. In recent weeks rumours have been doing the rounds that former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button was to leave Formula One and make a move into sportscars. A popular candidate, which has been strongly linked with Porsche in the last few weeks.
The manufacture from Stuttgart will make no changes to its LMP1 driver program next year. Due to the speculation about Jenson Button, Porsche was forced to make an announcement earlier than usual for the upcoming season. The Porsche Team has now announced that it will race in 2015 with drivers Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Brendon Hartley, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Mark Webber in LMP1. The six drivers will go in the next season unchanged in two revised Porsche 919 hybrid cars. Porsche feels that it is important to keep continuity within the team while the project is still young.
There is however no news about Porsche’s GT Programme. After they had recently changed the driver combenations before the race in Austin, it is still uncertain which drivers will take place in the coming year. There are rumours that Porsche are looking into moving one of there many junior drivers into one of the 2 GT cars for 2015. In addition, the new Dempsey Racing team is believed to be racing a Porsche in the GTE-AM class next season. Last year, the TV star had a partnership with the car manufacturer from Stuttgart and wants to further the relationship in 2015. There is currently an option with Porsche that they race under the Dempsey Racing team banner, within their own program and so would enter the GT-AM class. An announcement on this is expected to follow later than January.
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