Porsche Team announced this Tuesday (20) that the Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya will test the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 machine one day after the end of the FIA World Endurance Championship, on November 22nd, at the Sakhir International Circuit, in Bahrain.
Speculation towards a possible commitment between Montoya and Porsche was already at a high note when the Team Penske driver visited the FIA WEC paddock during the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas at Austin, as talks with the German manufacturer could end with him landing a drive in the 919 Hybrid in the future.
And if the current 2016 Formula 1 calendar announced by the World Motorsport Council stays as it is, a clash between the European Grand Prix , to be held at the streets of Baku, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans may rule out the Force India driver Nico Hülkenberg of the 919 Hybrid cockpit, meaning that he will not be able to defend his title. This series of events may open the path for Montoya to enter as one of the drivers of the third Porsche 919, which participates of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps as a preparation race, as well of the French endurance classic.
There’s no confirmation of the IndyCar series calendar for the next season, but Montoya, if given the green light to race at Le Mans, should have no problem to participate, as there aren’t any immediate clashes, but a clash with the Journée Test means he will have to adjust himself with the 13.6 km course while on the race week, given the fact that, as a Platinum-rated driver, he can skip testing, although he will need to do the simulation training as well a minimum limit of laps during the practice sessions.
A good possibility in this whole situation is that if Montoya gets a drive with Porsche, he will be the only driver able to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport, as the Colombian ace has a win at the Monaco Grand Prix with with Williams in 2003, as well two wins in the Indianapolis 500, in 2000 with Chip Ganassi Racing and in 2015 with Team Penske.
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