Mick Schumacher, former driver for the Haas Formula 1 team and later the reserve driver at Mercedes, is gearing up for a spectacular entry into the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship with Alpine. The excitement is set to unfold at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, covering a riveting 1,812 kilometers, on March 2.
Having already taken the A424 prototype for a spin during testing in October, Schumacher is all set to prove his mettle on the track. This transition comes after two hard years at Haas and several stints as a reserve driver at Mercedes as he awaited a potential return to F1.
The anticipation builds as he readies himself for the first race, and his debut in endurance racing at the iconic Le Mans circuit on June 15-16 is a nod to his father’s legacy, echoing Michael Schumacher’s memorable race in the Sauber Mercedes C11 almost 25 years ago.
In a statement expressing his enthusiasm for this new chapter with Alpine, Schumacher couldn’t hide his excitement.
“The car is impressive, and I can’t wait to get started. 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,” Schumacher said.
Reflecting on his year without racing, Mick shared, “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. Endurance racing is a new challenge for me, and I’m sure we will share great moments together.”
Bruno Famin, the vice president of Alpine Motorsports, expressed his confidence in Mick’s abilities, stating, “It might be his 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.”
Joining forces with Mick at Les Bleus are Austrian driver Ferdinand Habsburg and Frenchman Paul-Loup Chatin. The trio forms a formidable team alongside the retained Alpine drivers Charles Milesi, Matthieu Vaxiviere, and Nicholas Lapierre, creating a powerhouse six-member squad.