Nico Hülkenberg completed his first test laps in the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 he will drive part-time in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Force India Formula 1 driver drove at the MotorLand Aragón circuit in Portugal last week to familiarise himself with his new surrounds ahead of his planned WEC outings at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year.

Nico Hulkenberg

Hülkenberg will become the first current F1 driver since 2007 to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The German drove 155 laps -equivalent to 800 kilometres – in the car over two of the team’s three days of testing at the Portuguese circuit.

His test also included experiencing time behind the wheel in nighttime conditions.

“There were many new experiences in a very short space of time for me and I feel a hundred per cent positive,” he said afterwards.

“The 919 is great to drive. It has a lot of downforce in fast corners and the hybrid power to accelerate out of slow corners is impressive.

“The preparation from the simulator was very realistic and I found the night driving especially cool. I’m looking forward to further testing and, of course, to Le Mans.”

Porsche also confirmed it was in no rush to announce who would co-drive its third LMP1 entry at both WEC races next year.

Images via Porsche AG

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