24h Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans – Peugeot Sport confirms seven drivers
Peugeot Sport has announced its seven drivers destined for the Hypercar class in 2022, selected based on their performance level and team spirit.
Peugeot Sport is back in endurance racing! After unveiling the first sketches of its Hypercar including technical features, the French marque has now taken the next step and released the names of its drivers for the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The team has hired Loïc Duval (age 38, 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans winner), Kevin Magnussen (age 28, 118 starts in Formula 1), Jean-Eric Vergne (age 30, 58 starts in Formula 1, two Formula E titles), Paul di Resta (age 34, 2020 LMP2 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, 59 starts in Formula 1), Mikkel Jensen (age 26, European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion), Gustavo Menezes (age 26, 2016 LMP2 24 Hours of Le Mans winner) and James Rossiter (age 37, reserve and simulator driver).
Peugeot Sport programme director Jean-Marc Finot: "Over and above their individual racing skills, the main criteria we took into account when assessing and talking with drivers were the ties they have with each other, their mindset and their ability to work together to motivate and help take the team forward, because the human factor plays such a big part in endurance racing. We also wanted to establish that they saw their commitment with us as a priority and not just a line on their CV."
Peugeot Sport WEC technical director Olivier Jansonnie: “We didn’t just take individual results into consideration. We also examined the speed, consistency and reliability of a long list of drivers because we are looking for a line-up that meshes together well, with an eclectic mix of upcoming youngsters and experienced campaigners with proven development skills, especially in the field of hybrid powertrains."
In tandem with their respective commitments in various other championships, these seven drivers will actively contribute to the project with the goal of a first test session at the end of 2021.