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Famin: Talking with Schumacher about racing in our endurance program

Famin: Talking with Schumacher about racing in Alpine endurance program

Famin: Talking with Schumacher about racing in our endurance program

Renault-owned Alpine are in talks with Mick Schumacher about the German driver competing for them in the Hypercar category of the World Endurance Championship, motorsport vice-president Bruno Famin said on Friday.

Schumacher, son of Ferrari great and seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael, is currently Mercedes’ reserve after losing his race seat at Haas at the end of the 2022 F1 season.

“It’s true that we are talking with Mick about the possibility to race in our endurance program with the A424,” Famin, who is also Alpine F1’s interim team boss, told reporters at the Japanese Grand Prix.

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“It would be a good opportunity for both parties I think but for the time being we are just talking and hopefully we will organise a test soon,” he added.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has continuously insisted that Schumacher has been doing a great job for Mercedes in the simulator over the race weekend, and believes the German deserves another shot at a full-time F1 seat.

There have been reports that Wolff was pushing former employee and current Williams Team Principal James Vowles to replace the struggling Logan Sargeant with Schumacher alongside Alex Albon.

However, recent report have emerged claiming the Wolff has shared Schumacher’s simulator data with Vowles in his bid to convince the Williams boss to give the Mercedes reserve a shot.

But it seems Vowles was not impressed with what he has seen, and turned down Wolff’s proposal, leaving the young Schumacher without an F1 seat for 2024, hence the talks with Alpine over a possible WEC drive next year.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Additional reporting by GrandPrix247)