Porsche Motorsport leaves the class LMP1 WEC to land in Formula E, but up by the big door. The German firm closes its stage in the class queen of the World of Resistance with three titles of the riders, three builders and three victories at Le Mans in a triple ‘hat trick’ which shows the great domain that has exercised the Porsche 919 Hybrid from 2015. The three pilots in charge of closing this story full of successes have been Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, which also got the which will be by the time the last victory of the brand at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
have to go back to season 2014 to understand that the success of Porsche is written on a basis of enormous work. By then, the Porsche 919 Hybrid was the newcomer to the class, LMP1, and that was evident throughout a season of learning and adaptation in the Porsche only got a win. Before the tyranny of the Audi R18 e-tron and Toyota TS040 Hybrid, the prototype of the Porsche scored its first victory in the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, a first win of Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani, that was a real turning point, at several levels.
this was evident in 2015, where Audi and Porsche were the protagonists of an intense and peculiar duel, since it is not common to see as two manufacturers belonging to the same group fight in the same competition. All in all, lbalance in favor of the side of Porsche which became the brand of reference in LMP1, thanks to the upset victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third Porsche 919 Hybrid piloted by Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg, in addition to the title of pilots Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley. With six of eight possible victories, Porsche scored its first title of constructors in the WEC.
The season 2016 resulted in the establishment of the supremacy of Porsche with respect to Audi, the entire time that the signing of the four rings ended up leaving the contest at the end of the season. Before that, Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas claimed the drivers title under a script a bit bizarre based on his victory at Silverstone and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and since that time not again step on the podium. The other four victories that led to Porsche his second title of builders were for the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
The restructuring of the payroll of pilots in 2017 with the arrival of André Lotterer at the computer, in addition to the presence of Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy full-time, it has not affected in any moment the script’s authoritarian Porsche. Four consecutive wins 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 6 Hours of Austin have allowed Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley have been raised with the title of Champions of the World, putting the tray on the third consecutive title for Porsche Motorsport. A third title that closes the triple hat-trick of Stuttgart, with three Le Mans wins, three titles, drivers ‘ and three constructors.
Without forgetting the 16 victories that Porsche has added to the course of these four years, deserve a separate chapter of the champion drivers. Timo Bernhard closes its stage in LMP1 with two titles (2015 and 2017) and with a victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which adds to that achieved in 2010 with Audi. The new zealander Earl Bamber, with a path much shorter than that of its companion box, can boast of two victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a title. For his part, Brendon Hartley will land in Formula 1 with a title of World Champion, and two victories in La Sarthe.