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Juan-Pablo Montoya tests the LMP1 Porsche in Bahrain

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J uan-Pablo Montoya is almost everything in his career drove what has 4 wheels. After his Formula 1 career, the now 40-year-old has shown his talent most recently in Nascar racing cars and IndyCars. So it is not so easy to excite the recognized full guest. But Porsche made it in Bahrain.

After the WEC final, the veteran was invited to a test drive with the championship car on the desert circuit. The more than 1,000 hp hybrid racer made a noticeable impression on the pilot. 'The car is fantastic - a sensational device and currently the most advanced racing car on the planet. I've driven all kinds of racing cars, this one is really fun,' grinned the seven-time Grand Prix winner.

Montoya not much slower than works pilots

Before the mission, Montoya had familiarized himself with the technology in the simulator in Weissach. The LMP1 racer with its two different hybrid systems is not as easy to control as the down-to-earth IndyCars. 'Before I started, I was a bit scared when I saw the 30-page operating manual, but then it wasn't that difficult,' said Montoya afterwards, casually.

The Porsche engineers were also enthusiastic. Montoya's talent was already apparent after a few laps. During the race simulation he drove a time of 1: 44.46 minutes - only two and a half seconds slower than the best value of works driver Neel Jani during the race the day before. In qualifying trim, Montoya lapped the course in 1: 40.86 minutes. In comparison, the best time with which Timo Bernhard achieved pole position for the 919 Hybrid on Friday was 1.39.67 minutes.

'The 919 has a lot of power and is very, very stable, precisely because he feels so safe and predictable, he invites you to overdo it. The car is so good that the high speeds are hardly noticeable, 'said Montoya afterwards, describing his driving impressions.

May Montoya again in the Porsche 919 ran?

It is still unclear whether the two-time Indy 500 winner will be able to get into the Porsche 919 again at some point. Porsche has not commented on any further plans. Those responsible for the team are still looking for a replacement for Le Mans winner Nico Hülkenberg, who cannot win his title because of an overlap with Formula 1 in 2016can defend. Montoya would certainly be a suitable candidate, who is not only quick but also ensures proper PR.

Montoya himself holds the ball flat for now: 'I really enjoyed my days here. I arrived early, to see how the team works. I knew Fritz Enzinger and Andreas Seidl from Formula 1 days and of course thought it was great when they invited me to drive the 919 Hybrid. We don't have any future plans, we don't have that yet I came to Bahrain to have fun and really accelerate the car, that was great. '

In our gallery we have some pictures of Juan-Pablo's Porsche 919 test drive Montoya.

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