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Formula One: Mick Schumacher embarks on a double role  

Alpine announces 24-year-old German, son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael, as one of six drivers competing for them in two A424 Hypercars

Our Bureau London Published 23.11.23, 09:44 AM
Mick Schumacher (left), who will continue to be the reserve driver of Mercedes, with Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing.

Mick Schumacher (left), who will continue to be the reserve driver of Mercedes, with Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing. Getty Images

Mick Schumacher will race for Alpine in the world endurance championship next season while continuing as Formula One reserve driver for Mercedes.

Alpine announced the 24-year-old German, son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael, on Wednesday as one of six drivers competing for them in two A424 Hypercars.

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Mick will join French drivers Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere, Charles Milesi and Paul-Loup Chatin as well as Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg.

Mercedes confirmed separately that the German, who raced for Haas in Formula One in 2021 and 2022, would continue as their reserve.

“A new chapter is beginning for me with Alpine,” said Mick.

“I’ve grown up with single-seaters so driving a car with a closed cockpit and covered wheels is a great opportunity to hone my driving skills. “I sorely missed racing this year. It’s what I’ve loved to do since I was a kid and it was sometimes difficult to watch the other drivers take to the track.”

Bruno Famin, vice-president of Alpine Motorsports, said: “With [team principal] Philippe Sinault, we wanted drivers who are not only fast and reliable, but also showing a real team spirit and good racing acumen to best represent the Alpine colours in the premier category of the World Endurance Championship.

“It might be [Schumacher’s] first foray into endurance, but his enthusiasm for the project and his will to join us are palpable. I’m sure he will be a real asset.”

Alpine said the crew line-up for the two cars would be announced on February 7.

The season, whose highlight is the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, starts in Qatar in March.

Williams are the only team left in Formula One still with a potential vacancy for 2024.

Written with inputs from Reuters

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