Optimisation of hybrid strategy is the focus

The two Porsche 919 Hybrids covered 132 laps in total on the first day of practice for the opening race of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship in Silverstone.

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb, Silverstone, 2015, Porsche AG

In the morning session the two LMP1 Porsches with the driver trios of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber, and their team mates Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb were second (car number 17, 1:42.265 minutes) and fourth (car number 18, 1:42.457 minutes). In the second 90-minute session on the famous 5.901 kilometre circuit the result was third (car number 17, 1:42.046 minutes) and fourth (car number 18, 1:42.641 minutes).

Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director: “In the first session we lost some track time with car number 18, but, despite this, we managed to get through our programme. We have done a good amount of set-up work and were able to optimise the hybrid strategy. To sum it up: It was a positive first day for us in Silverstone.”

The Silverstone race is the first of eight rounds in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. The LMP1 qualifying takes place on Saturday from 12:30 to 12:50 hrs local time, the six-hour race will start on Sunday at 12:00 hrs local time.

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