Porsche's optimism soars despite Vettel's delayed Le Mans debut

Porsche remains hopeful as Sebastian Vettel’s highly anticipated debut at Le Mans faces a postponement, signaling the need for more time before the four-time world champion can vie for victory in the prestigious 24-hour endurance race.

Despite recent extensive testing with Porsche’s 963 hypercar, Vettel was not included in the team’s third car lineup for Le Mans, with the German marque opting for seasoned veterans Mathieu Jaminet, Felipe Nasr, and Nick Tandy due to their prior Le Mans experience.

Urs Kuratle, head of the Porsche team, stressed that while Vettel’s inclusion in Le Mans was deferred, the possibility of his partnership with Porsche remains open. Speaking to motorsport-total.com, Kuratle affirmed, “For an OEM team like Porsche, this remains a topic of discussion.”

Kuratle acknowledged the challenges Vettel faces in transitioning from Formula 1 to endurance racing, particularly the differences in car weight and the nuances of night racing and navigating slower vehicles from various racing categories.

While Vettel’s Le Mans debut may be delayed, Kuratle expressed confidence in Vettel’s adaptability, stating, “He indicated this himself after the tests.”

As discussions continue between Porsche and Vettel, Kuratle emphasized that nothing is set in stone at the moment, underscoring the ongoing deliberations regarding the timing and format of Vettel’s potential participation in Le Mans.

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