Jann Mardenborough has insisted that he is not giving up on his Formula 1 dream despite securing a seat with Nissan’s new LMP1 team for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Mardenborough first entered motorsport after winning the 2011 GT Academy competition that takes drivers from their PlayStation console to the race track. He has since raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice and also won a race in last year’s GP3 Series.
The young Briton was confirmed as one of Nissan’s full-time drivers in LMP1 earlier this week, and revealed that he found out back in September at the Italian Grand Prix.
“Darren [Cox, head of brand at Nissan NISMO] told me when we were in the GP3 hospitality area at Monza last year and I was pretty taken aback as I wasn’t expecting him to say that, mainly because I never take anything for granted,” Mardenborough explained.
“Once the news had sunk in I was massively happy and very proud to have been chosen to represent Nissan at the highest level in sports cars. It’s a big honor and I’m delighted to be part of the new team.”
Despite moving away from single-seaters, Mardenborough does not feel that this has put an end to his dream of racing in Formula 1 one day, believing that sports cars could be a stepping stone.
“It’s not, no,” Mardenborough said when asked if his F1 dream was over. “Sports cars are still relevant.
“It has been proved in the past by the likes of Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher that you can have a career in sports cars and make it in F1. This is just a different route. You learn a lot along the way and it’s all relevant.
“I want to compete in Formula 1. You show me a racing driver who doesn’t want to do that. I also have this burning desire to win outright at the Le Mans 24 Hours. I can’t imagine anything more fulfilling than that.”