Alpine has officially revealed that they are engaged in discussions with the current Mercedes reserve driver, Mick Schumacher, regarding his potential participation in their Hypercar programme for the World Endurance Championship (WEC) slated for 2024.
In recent weeks, the name of Mick Schumacher has been circulating within motorsport circles as a potential candidate to lead Alpine’s ambitious sportscar project. The prospect of Schumacher making the transition to Alpine has garnered substantial attention, especially considering the likelihood of his absence from the Formula 1 grid in 2024.
Alpine’s strategic move into the premier Hypercar category of the World Endurance Championship positions them to compete in iconic events such as the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside other prestigious races. This expansion presents a compelling opportunity for Alpine, as they look to leave their mark on the world of endurance racing.
Mick Schumacher’s Formula 1 aspirations appear to have hit a roadblock, with reports suggesting that Williams is hesitant to offer him a seat in their team. Despite Logan Sargeant’s inconsistent performance, Williams continues to show unwavering support for their driver. Nevertheless, there are whispers that Liam Lawson could emerge as a viable alternative, should AlphaTauri opt to retain both Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo.
In a recent statement made during the FIA press conference at the Japanese Grand Prix, Vice President of Alpine Motorsport, Bruno Famin, confirmed that discussions with Mick Schumacher are ongoing, with plans for a test session on the horizon. Famin acknowledged the talks, stating, “It’s true that we’re talking with Mick about the possibility of racing in our endurance programme with the A424. It would be a good opportunity for both parties, but for the time being, we’re just talking. Hopefully, we will organize a test soon.”
The potential collaboration between Mick Schumacher and Alpine in the Hypercar programme represents a tantalizing prospect for motorsport enthusiasts worldwide. As discussions continue, the motorsport community eagerly awaits further developments on this intriguing partnership that could shape the landscape of endurance racing in the coming years.