As concerns about the future of Force India continue to grow, Nico Hulkenberg’s other racing interest has taken a turn for the better following the announcement of his Porsche teammates on Thursday.
In a raft of announcements ahead of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, Porsche confirmed its line-up for the third 919 Hybrid that will race at the 6 Hours of Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year.
Hulkenberg will be joined in the car by 2014 Porsche Supercup champion Earl Bamber and experienced GT driver Nick Tandy, with the latter racing for the German marque in the GTE Pro class at three WEC rounds in 2014 including Le Mans.
Taking to Twitter, Hulkenberg said that he was looking forward to racing alongside his new teammates, and the German appears to be relishing the season ahead.
— Nico Hülkenberg (@NicoHulkenberg) February 5, 2015
There was a possibility of two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso joining Hulkenberg in the third Porsche, with the Spaniard making his aspirations to race at Le Mans clear to NBCSN last year.
However, according to reports in the German press, his plans were scuppered by Honda, who insisted that he focus on his commitments with McLaren in 2015.
Nevertheless, Porsche LMP1 team principal Andreas Seidl is pleased with the line-up and the opportunity to enter a third car for two of the WEC rounds in 2015.
“We are very happy to be allowed to enter a third car in what is only our second season,” Seidl said. “This shows once more how strongly the company backs the LMP1 programme.
“At the same time, we face the operational side and need to be respectful of what it takes when entering three of those complex prototypes and handling nine drivers at Spa and at Le Mans. In this regard, it was also important to leave the proven driver combinations from last year untouched.
“In 2014, the entire team was a newcomer. Now we can build on lessons learned and our targets are more ambitious. Le Mans will be new territory for Nico Hülkenberg, as well as for Earl Bamber, and we will give our outmost to support them.”