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2024 Le Mans 24 Hours: Formula 1 connection, drivers & teams

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Formula 1 is well represented in the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours by two teams and 17 drivers in the Hypercar category alone, from young guns to veterans including 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button.

The two teams with ‘F1 family’ are of course local French team Alpine and the legendary Ferrari team, who last year famously won in their return to the world’s greatest sportscar endurance race, after four decades of closing down their World Endurance Championship projects all those years ago.

They are now very much a force and will be all out to defend their title. Notably, Antonio Giovinazzi is proof that if drivers do not make it in F1 they have a chance to become stars in WEC which is growing from strength to strength.

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And for many, victory at Le Mans for a driver is as prestigious as winning a Grand Prix. Such is the stature of the great 24-hour race. Hence, Giovinazzi who never crack it as an F1 driver has now carved a fine career for himself in sportscars.

Ferrari defending their 2023 Le Mans winner’s crown

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If the Ferrari F1 team is the heart of Maranello, the Hypercar project is its soul. Giovinazzi shares the AF Corse run #51 Ferrari 499P with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado.

Alpine will be looking to their WEC effort to bolster flagging fortunes and turmoil in F1. A home win would be just the tonic to inspire the entire beleaguered French team.

Ditched Haas driver turned Mercedes F1 reserve, Mick Schumacher is getting mileage in the #36 Alpine A424 with teammates Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviere.

Jenson Button ‘contested’ last year’s Le Mans 24 in a NASCAR! This year he will be much quicker in the #38 Hertz Team Jota Porsche he will share with Oliver Rasmussen and Phil Hanson. The 2009 F1 World Champion has a good chance to add “Le Mans Winner” accolade to his illustrious CV.

17 former F1 drivers in the Hypercar mix

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Apart from the above-mentioned, here are what other former F1 drivers are doing at Le Mans this weekend:

  • #83 Ferrari 499P: Former Sauber BMW driver Robert Kubica with teammates Robert Schwartzman and Yifei Ye;
  • #3 Cadillac V-Series.R: Former Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Bourdais with teammates Renger van der Zande and Indycar star Scott Dixon;
  • #7 Toyota TR010 Hybrid: Kamui Kobayashi (drove for Toyota during their F1 years, shares with ex-AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries and José María López;
  • #8 Toyota TR010 Hybrid: Former Toro Rosso drivers Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley teamed up with Ryo Hirakawa;
  • #19 Iron Lynx Lamborghini SC63: Former Haas driver Romain Grosjean teammates with Andrea Caldarelli and Matteo Cairoli;
  • #63 Iron Lynx Lamborghini SC63 former Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat teamed up with Mirko Bortolotti and Edoardo Mortara;
  • #93 Peugeot 9X8: Former Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne is teammate to Mikkel Jensen and Nico Muller;
  • #94 Peugeot 9X8: Former Force India driver Paul di Resta and ex-McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne sharing with Loic Duval;
  • #311 Whelan Cadillac V-Serie.R: One-time GP starter Jack Aitken and Aston Martin F1 reserve Felipe Drugovich with Luis Felipe Derani.

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