Schumacher Aims to Apply Mercedes Lessons at Alpine in 2024

Mick Schumacher will return to racing next year in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Alpine, with a goal of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after serving as Mercedes’ test and reserve driver following his departure from Haas F1.

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‣ Mick Schumacher will be racing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) next year with Alpine, with a goal of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
‣ After leaving Haas F1, Schumacher became Mercedes’ test and reserve driver but decided to switch to long-distance racing when he didn’t get a seat in Formula 1.
‣ Schumacher completed a test with the Alpine hypercar and signed a contract with the French newcomer in the WEC, despite the car feeling very different to drive.
‣ Schumacher believes he has improved as a driver, despite not driving much in 2023, by taking in information from Mercedes and through observation.


Mick Schumacher had to sit out last season, but he’s back in the game next year. But here’s the twist – he won’t be in Formula 1, he’ll be racing in the WEC. And where, you ask? At Alpine. His new dream? To bag the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

After a forced exit from Haas F1, Schumacher became Mercedes’ test and reserve driver. He had high hopes of securing a spot in the top tier of motorsport after a year, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. So, he switched gears (pun intended) and moved to long-distance racing.

In October, he got a taste of the Alpine hypercar. A month later, he was signing a contract as a driver with the French newcomer in the WEC. “It’s a beast of a different kind,” he admitted. “It’s heavy, it’s different, and sometimes a bit claustrophobic. For the first time, I can’t see my tyres, and I don’t feel the wind on my face.”

Was his test drive at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera the deciding factor for his move to Alpine? “Not really,” he said. “I was already leaning towards this if Formula 1 didn’t pan out. With so many manufacturers jumping in, it’s an exciting time.”

Schumacher has always had his eye on the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “It’s a target for many drivers, even those in Formula 1,” he said. “The challenge of sharing a car for 24 hours and bringing it through to the finish line is intriguing. You can only win Le Mans if you see the chequered flag.”

In 2023, Schumacher didn’t clock many real race kilometres. Has he improved since his last race for Haas F1 in Abu Dhabi in 2022? “Hard to say, considering I haven’t been driving much,” he mused. “But I’ve been soaking up all the information from Mercedes and observing. I feel like I’ve taken a step forward,” he concluded.

And in other news, analyst Windsor had some thoughts on Red Bull’s season: ‘It’s bizarre’. But that’s a story for another time.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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