Young drivers test the Porsche 919 Hybrid

The Porsche Team is offering three young drivers the opportunity to test the innovative Le Mans Prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona today and tomorrow.

Mitch Evans (21, New Zealand), Kevin Magnussen (23, Denmark) and Oliver Turvey (28, Great Britain) are sharing one car. Porsche works driver and championship leaderTimo Bernhard (34, Germany) is the driver who will be their reference point at the track.

Team Principal Andreas Seidl explained: “We are a young team with a highly complex race car. For us it is always exciting and informative when drivers share their first experiences with the 919 Hybrid. The feedback is sometimes very detailed and individual. We regularly scan various motorsport categories for strong drivers, inside and outside the Porsche family. We are really pleased our test programme has allowed us to invite these three drivers to Barcelona. Before this, they visited Weissach in October to prepare for this.”

Evans, Magnussen and Turvey didn’t just have their tailor made seats prepared at the Porsche R&D centre in Weissach, but also went into the simulator and studied how to operate the car and its steering wheel together with the engineers. Andreas Seidl added: “Everybody involved in this test will learn and benefit a lot, and that is what this is for. With regard to anything else in the future, we have no announcements planned, especially as we are very happy with our works drivers.”