Bruni joined Porsche’s works team in 2018 after a successful stint with Ferrari which took three class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and back-to-back GTE Pro titles in 2013-14.

Since then, the Italian driver has become a key member of Porsche’s WEC effort, most recently helping the German manufacturer to its first class win at La Sarthe in four years this month with Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki.

However, while Porsche has chosen Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen from its GTE Pro team to drive the 963 LMDh car next year, Bruni was absent from last weekend’s list of eight drivers signed for its factory campaigns in WEC and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Penske. in 2023.

Two more drivers are expected to be announced later as Porsche continues to test the successor to the 919 Hybrid, but Bruni has all but ruled out playing a role in the brand’s first sports car effort since 2017.

“At the moment, no, I won’t be involved, so I don’t know what the future holds,” Bruni told at Le Mans, ahead of the Porsche driver announcement and car presentation. at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“I haven’t spoken with the bosses yet, so I haven’t thought about what to do. In the next few weeks we will see what the options are and what is the best option for me.

In addition to Penske’s work, several privateers will campaign next year with the hybrid-powered Porsche 963, with JOTA and JDC-Miller already announced as the first customers for the WEC and IMSA respectively.

When asked if he could potentially race a privateer Porsche if a factory drive doesn’t materialise, Bruni said: “For sure they will have [customers] but I’m not that involved”, before adding that it would be an interesting option for him.

“Oh yeah, 100%,” he said. “That’s what the category is made for, everyone can have the same car and fight for the wins.”

Porsche 963

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Porsche will be joined by Toyota, Cadillac, Glickenhaus and potentially a Vanwall team led by ByKolles in the WEC Hypercar class next year, with Lamborghini and Alpine entering the fray in 2024.

BMW and Acura are also working on their LMDh challengers, but will both focus on IMSA’s equivalent GTP class next year.

When asked if he would like to race in a Hypercar for another manufacturer, especially since there are so many options, Bruni, who turns 42 next year, replied: “Of course it would be nice .

“Having moved from Formula 1 and single-seaters to GT, it could be good to end my career in Hypercar. But you also need a good package to do it.

“My first priority is Porsche, because I’ve been with them for five years, so I’ll see what they think first. And then I’ll go from there.

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#91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 19 LMGTE Pro - Frédéric Makowiecki

#91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 19 LMGTE Pro – Frédéric Makowiecki

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Another driver missing from Porsche’s LMDh announcement was Bruni’s 2022 Le Mans-winning teammate Makowiecki, who has regularly joined the brand’s GTE Pro lineup for races lasting over six hours since his last full season in 2017. .

Makowiecki, who won the 2018 24 Hours of Nurburgring with Manthey Racing, was the first driver to deploy the car at its factory in Weissach in January and has since carried out a number of tests at suitable circuits.

However, the Frenchman says he does not yet know if he will make Porsche’s 10-driver list for the WEC and IMSA next season, with just two seats remaining.

“I have no idea what the future holds,” he told “I’m just developing the car.

“I will continue to be part of Porsche next year anyway, I’m lucky for that, and my bosses know what I can do. I trust them to make a good choice.”

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