Vanwege de dominantie was ik ook altijd "tegen" Audi maar ik heb wel groot respect voor ze gehad. Ik zal ze wel missen.quote:
Lieb dropped from Porsche LMP1 line-up for 2017
Newly-crowned FIA World Endurance champion Marc Lieb will not be part of Porsche’s LMP1 line-up in 2017, sources have confirmed to Motorsport.com.
The German driver, along with his teammates in the #2 919 Hybrid, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani took the WEC drivers’ title on Saturday with a sixth-place finish in the season finale at Bahrain.
However, it is understood that Lieb has been informed by his employers that he will not be returning to defend his title with Porsche in 2017.
When asked about his future by Motorsport.com in Bahrain, Lieb refused to comment.
Nick Tandy and Andre Lotterer will both join the Weissach marque’s LMP1 roster next season, with Mark Webber’s retirement having already opened up one vacancy in the team. Jani, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley are all expected to stay.
It remains to be seen whether Lieb, a works Porsche driver since 2003, will be offered a return to the manufacturer's GT ranks.
Dumas also vulnerable
There could yet be a further change in the Porsche LMP1 line-up in 2017, with Dumas also still believed to be in danger of losing his seat.
Were the Frenchman to lose out, 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber remains the leading candidate to take his place, although it remains to be seen how Porsche would arrange its crews in such a scenario.
Dumas insisted he still has a valid contract, but did not specify he would be back in an LMP1 car next year, only saying he will have "something to do."
“We will see what will happen,” he told Motorsport.com in Bahrain. “I have two years left on my contract [with Porsche], so I will see what I will do.
"I will have something to do. I’m 39 next month, I won quite a lot of things, so I don’t have big problems right now.”
Meanwhile. Speaking to Motorsport.com last weekend in Macau, Bamber said he had not yet been told whether he would be given the chance of a full-time LMP1 seat, but admitted it was his goal.
"I'm in if they want me,” said the New Zealander. “If they don't want me, they don't want me.
“Sure, I want to try and get back in the [LMP1] car. I won Le Mans in 2015, so it’s a big goal for me. But it's up to them if they put me in or not."
Motorsport.com is niet echt betrouwbaar, maar die geruchten gaan wel al langer ja.quote:Op dinsdag 22 november 2016 21:43 schreef Sinister-D- het volgende:
Flinke wissels gaande bij Porsche, vreemd dat daarbij nieuw gekroonde kampioenen en Le Mans winnaars Lieb en Dumas op de schopstoel zitten.....
Snap ik, maar dat is nooit zo geweest dus ik snapte de 'terug' niet helemaal.quote:
Bovendien is huidige LMP1 voor privateers veel te duur.quote:
De kans bestaat wel:quote:
http://www.dailysportscar(...)an-italian-lmp3.htmlquote:1: Audi Are Prepared To Allow The 2016 R18s To Be Run By Privateers
VW Group Motorsport boss Wolfgang Durheimer told Autocar’s Jim Holder that the 2016 Audi R18s, run by now defunct factory team Audi Sport Team Joest, would be available for privateer teams to run if they can raise sufficient budget.
Durheimer confirmed that there had been interest in the cars, presumed at this point to involve Team Joest, but urged caution over hopes for a deal to race the cars.
“These cars are on a different level technologically to anything else racing today, including F1,” he said. “They are not cars that a privateer can just operate, but we are very willing to co-operate with any team that has the expertise and budget to race them.”
Ik bedoel toen onder andere de McLaren F1 GTR reed.quote:
Dat was nooit echt de bedoeling, maar het zou best weer voor kunnen komen in de toekomst.quote: