“With this measure, Porsche Motorsport is making a significant contribution to overcoming the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sports car manufacturer,” the Stuttgart-based firm said.
Porsche had already announced at the beginning of May its decision to line up only two cars in the GT class instead of the four originally planned at the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours, postponed from 13-14 June to 19-20 September.
Chevrolet also decided that its two official Corvettes, usually in this category, would skip the same event this year. “Several factors played a role in our decision, including the current conditions and the new schedule,” Corvette Racing said in a tweet in early May.
Audi started the movement by announcing at the end of April its withdrawal from the DTM, the German touring car championship, to refocus on Formula E. “The board of Directors of Audi AG took this decision also in light of the economic challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic,” the manufacturer said at the time.
Renault, on the other hand, reaffirmed its commitment to Formula 1 at the end of May despite a savings plan to respond to the crisis in the automotive market.