Porsche Announces 2017 LMP1 Driver Lineup


Porsche has confirmed its revised LMP1 driver lineup for the 2017 World Endurance Championship.

Former Audi works driver Andre Lotterer will join the German manufacturer next season, with Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy earning promotions from the GT ranks.

Lotterer, a three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, will race alongside Tandy and reigning world champion Neel Jani in the #1 919 Hybrid.

Bamber, meanwhile, is set to join fellow New Zealander Brendon Hartley and Germany’s Timo Bernhard in the sister #2 car.

The change comes after world champions Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas were dropped from Porsche’s LMP1 lineup, in addition to Mark Webber’s retirement from professional racing.

Next season will mark the first full-time LMP1 role for both Tandy and Bamber, who made a one-off appearance together in a Porsche 919 Hybrid at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. The pair went on to win the race, sharing the car with Nico Hulkenberg.

Alterations have also been made to the Porsche GT works driver programme, with Audi star Laurens Vanthoor moving across prior to the 2017 season.

Porsche will run a two-car GTE effort in next year’s World Endurance Championship, with Michael Christensen, Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz the three drivers confirmed so far.

Former BMW factory driver Dirk Werner will also join the Porsche ranks in 2017 in the team’s IMSA driver lineup alongside Patrick Pilet, Kevin Estre and Vanthoor.