Webber to share Porsche 919 hybrid with Bernhard and Hartley

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber will share his Porsche 919 hybrid with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley in this year's World Endurance Championship, AUTOSPORT has learned

Webber to share Porsche 919 hybrid with Bernhard and Hartley

Porsche has decided on the line-ups for its two-car WEC entry and opted to split long-time team-mates Bernhard and Romain Dumas. That means Frenchman Dumas will share with with Neel Jani and Marc Lieb.

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Porsche would not comment on the definitive LMP1 line-ups ahead of an official announcement due at the Automobile Club de l'Ouest press conference in Paris when the entry list for the WEC and the Le Mans 24 Hours will be announced.

Testing of the 919 hybrid resumed after the Christmas break in Bahrain last week.

Webber, Bernhard and Dumas took part in the test, at which one new 919 and the test car used last year were present.

The new chassis incorporated "many new parts across the whole car", according to a Porsche spokesman.

"After making a big step with the engine at Portimao [at the end of last year], we are now concentrating on performance and beginning to simulate race conditions," he continued.

Testing will continue with one new car in Bahrain in the middle of next month.

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