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Hartley Set for First Porsche Test

Brendon Hartley will drive the Porsche test and development Formula E car soon…

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Brendon Hartley is set to get his first run in the Porsche Formula E development car soon, e-racing365 can reveal.

The double FIA World Endurance Champion has had recent experience of the Formula E sim model at Porsche’s base and will join Neel Jani in testing the car with which Porsche is allowed 15 test days.

A Porsche Formula E team spokesperson confirmed to e-racing365 in Hong Kong last weekend that Hartley’s first practical experience of the car would come “pretty shortly”.

Hartley’s 2019 program is busy after announcements relating to his deals with SMP Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and a simulator role with the Ferrari Formula 1 team were made recently.

The Kiwi will also be a key part of Porsche’s development for its Formula E program which will see the team continue the early phase of its pre-homologation testing in Spain throughout the spring period.

His only prior experience of Formula E came with a brief test of the Season Three Venturi car in summer 2017.

Porsche in “No Hurry” to Select Jani Teammate

Porsche will be patient in its selection of Neel Jani’s teammate for its maiden Formula E season.

A team spokesperson at Hong Kong told e-racing365 that the team was in “no big hurry to make a decision” on Jani’s partner for Season Six which will start this December.

The team is believed to be keen on prior race experience for its second seat but is also still open to the possibility of running a current Porsche factory driver such as Hartley.

E-racing365 reported last month that Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans is on a short-list for consideration, while several other current Formula E race drivers are also known to have been in recent contact with the German manufacturer.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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