Ex-F1 driver Wehrlein emerges as Porsche LMDh contender after check

The previous Sauber and Manor System 1 racer took half in a multi-day endurance check with the Porsche Penske Motorsport group at Sebring, Motorsport.com has realized.

Information of the try-out comes at a time when it seems that Porsche nonetheless has a vacant seat in its deliberate 10-driver line-up throughout the Penske-run manufacturing unit group’s twin assaults on the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship subsequent 12 months.

Wehrlein’s check hints at Porsche contemplating giving the German a double programme subsequent season in System E and in sportscars.

This could virtually definitely be within the WEC, which has no clashes with FE aside from the Jakarta double-header going down on the identical weekend because the Le Mans check day per week forward of the 24 Hours.

 

Porsche was unable to verify that Wehrlein sampled the solo 963 at Sebring final week, solely revealing {that a} whole of 9 drivers bought behind the wheel over the course of 4 days’ working.

Requested if Wehrlein was a contender for an LMDh drive, a Porsche spokseman stated he “wouldn’t participate within the hypothesis recreation”.

Porsche has already introduced eight of the ten drivers who will race for the Penske-run manufacturing unit group within the two collection.

It now appears sure that Nick Tandy has already signed to fill one of many two unannounced seats after no point out of the 2015 Le Mans winner was made when his present employer, Chevrolet, introduced its 2023 programmes final week.

The most probably motive his return to Porsche after two seasons away has not been introduced is as a result of his programme with Chevy’s Corvette Racing GTE Professional WEC squad is not going to end till subsequent month with the Bahrain collection finale.

Frederic Makowiecki can be recognized to have pushed over the course of the 4 days at Sebring final week and seems to stay in competition for the ultimate seat.

Porsche 963 LMDh

Porsche 963 LMDh

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The Frenchman was the primary to drive the Porsche LMDh on each the simulator and the race observe.

When Porsche introduced six LMDh drivers on the official launch of the automobile in June, Makowiecki’s enter into the challenge was recognised in its assertion.

Antonio Felix da Costa, who’s becoming a member of Wehrlein within the Porsche FE squad for subsequent season, will not be considered within the working for a manufacturing unit sportscar drive.

As an alternative, the Portuguese is more likely to stay with the British Jota group, which turned the primary Porsche LMDh buyer to be introduced for the WEC final June.

Da Costa has been a part of the Jota LMP2 line-up within the WEC for the previous three seasons and leads the 2022 factors along with Will Stevens and Roberto Gonzalez going into the Bahrain 8 Hours on November 12.

The eight prototype drivers confirmed by Porsche thus far have been introduced in two tranches: Felipe Nasr and Dane Cameron had been unveiled final December; after which Andre Lotterer, Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen, Laurens Vanthoor, Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet had been unveiled on the finish of June.

Porsche’s Sebring check final week started on Tuesday with a day of set-up work, earlier than PPM moved on to endurance testing on the Wednesday.

It accomplished roughly 7300km of working over the 4 days, which included a 36-hour check.

It now means the 963 LMDh design has amassed a complete of 24,500km for the reason that roll-out of the primary automobile in January.

The Porsche spokesman revealed that the automobile suffered “no main drawback” and was solely delayed by “Sebring-type points associated to the bumps”.

He described the check as a “huge milestone” for the group.

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