Two quick hitters from the FIA World Endurance Championship heading into this weekend’s Six Hours of Bahrain:
The first is that Porsche Team has confirmed all six of its works drivers for 2015, the same six as competed this season: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
Additional drivers will be needed only if Porsche opts to run a third car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While Formula One star Jenson Button has been rumored, the more likely scenario is Porsche would pull from within as many of its GTE drivers in both Europe and North America have tested the team’s Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car.
At Toyota, reserve driver Mike Conway will have his second start of the season after all in Bahrain this weekend. The Englishman will again deputize for Kazuki Nakajima alongside Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin in the team’s No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid, as he did in Austin. Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi look for a three-peat in the sister No. 8 after wins in Fuji and Shanghai the last two races.
“I am really pleased to be competing with TOYOTA Racing again and I’m looking forward to joining Alex and Stéphane in the #7 again. It’s good for me to get more time behind the wheel of the TS040 HYBRID; it’s an impressive car to drive and obviously very competitive. I will be pushing hard to contribute to the team’s World Championship challenge this weekend. I know the Bahrain track pretty well from my LMP2 days, when I won the class and also the championship in 2013. So I know what to expect and I can’t wait to get started.”