Alpine will return to the top of the Endurance pyramid next season. This will result in an arrival within the recent Hypercar category, in the middle of a particularly rich field, with Toyota, Ferrari, Cadillac, Peugeot, Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini.
To meet this challenge, the French team has been preparing its A424 prototype for many months, two examples of which will be entered in the WEC, the world endurance championship, in 2024. This Wednesday morning, it has just lifted the veil on the identity of the six pilots who will be behind the wheel, specifying that the crews and the official livery of the A424 will be presented during a launch event on February 7.
Mick Schumacher in the footsteps of his father Michael
Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Charles Milesi, three drivers already active within the Alpine Endurance Team, are joined by a 4th Frenchman, Paul-Loup Chatin, already known to the team. The line-up is completed by the Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg and the German Mick Schumacher.
Michael Schumacher’s son will make his debut in endurance racing on this occasion, three decades after his father. For the record, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion stood out at the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz C11, alongside Karl Wendlinger and Fritz Kreutzpointner, finishing in 5th place in the general classification in 1991. with the best lap in the race at stake.
Mick Schumacher’s reaction:
“A new challenge awaits me with Alpine in the Hypercar category of the FIA WEC championship. The car is impressive and I can’t wait to start this competition. I grew up and evolved with single-seaters, driving a car with a closed cockpit and covered wheels is an excellent opportunity for me to refine my driving skills. Endurance races are a new challenge for me and I am sure that we will experience great emotions together next year with Alpine.”
Our 2024 Hypercar Team
Charles, Nico, and Matthieu, who have worn the blue for multiple seasons take up their spots in the team, as we welcome Paul-Loup, Ferdinand and Mick to our WEC assault.#AlpineEnduranceTeam #WEC #LeMans24 pic.twitter.com/xTIwum3f4q
— Alpine Endurance Team (@SignatechAlpine) November 22, 2023
Like father, Like son…
The SCHUMACHER name will return to Le Mans in 2024!
— Ewan Wane (@EwanAWane) November 22, 2023
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To sum up
In 2024, Alpine will enter two A424s in the world endurance championship, on the occasion of its arrival in the premier Hypercar category. The French team has just revealed the identity of the six drivers forming these two crews.
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