Fittipaldi in line for Porsche LMP1 test

Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson, will be given a test in Porsche's LMP1 car if he seals this year's Formula 3.5 V8 title.

Fittipaldi in line for Porsche LMP1 test
Pietro Fittipaldi, Lotus
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
Pietro Fittipaldi, Lotus
Thomas Laurent, DC Racing
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Thomas Laurent, DC Racing

The World Endurance Championship organiser has confirmed that the winner of the one-make single-seater series will be given a run in one of the Porsche 919 Hybrids at the official rookie test in Bahrain next month.

Twenty-one-year-old Fittipaldi, who drives for the Charouz-run Lotus team, heads into the Formula V8 3.5 finale at the Bahrain WEC meeting with a 10-point lead, with 50 points up for grabs over the two races.

The top three in Formula 3.5 V8, which runs on the WEC bill for six of its nine rounds, will all be given a test in WEC machinery the day after the series finale.

The second-placed driver will be given a chance with the winner of the LMP2 teams' title, while third in the championship will drive for the first-placed team in the GTE Pro points.

These tests will go to Formula 3.5 V8 drivers currently placed second to sixth, who all have a mathematical chance of taking the title.

Frenchman Thomas Laurent, part of the winning LMP2 line-up in the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, will be given a try-out aboard a Toyota TS050 HYBRID at the rookie test.

Pierre Fillon, president of WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, described the Toyota chance as a "great reward for the brilliant progress Thomas Laurent has made in his career".

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