Yeah, we can put to bed the notion that Juan Pablo Montoya will be racing the Porsche 919 Hybrid in 2016 – at least in actuality, because in theory, the dream of JPM racing one of the world’s most technologically advanced race cars is a tantalizing prospect.
But with Montoya having completed his first test aboard the rocketship on wheels today at the Bahrain International Circuit, we at least know a reference point what he’s capable of.
Montoya, who’s far from a rookie, led the Bahrain Rookie Test the day after the conclusion of the FIA World Endurance Championship event yesterday with a best time of 1:40.861.
Other notable runners included Mitch Evans also in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, Sam Bird at Toyota Gazoo Racing, Richie Stanaway at Audi Sport Team Joest and Nick Catsburg and Phillip Eng in the Porsche 911 RSR in GTE.
“It’s so predictable that it just invites you to hustle the hell out of it. That’s been the biggest thing for me so far. I need to figure out that balance of driving it fast and over-driving the car,” Montoya told assembled reporters in Bahrain, via Sportscar365.
“It’s shocking because it’s so good that it’s actually in a way kind of easy. But it’s really easy to go over.”
View some images and a Porsche Vimeo video below.