Le Mans: The ex-F1 drivers in the field

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There’s always a healthy contingent of former Formula One race drivers who compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the 2014 edition is no different.

The following list does not include drivers such as Neel Jani (No. 14 Porsche 919 Hybrid, LMP1-H), for example, who practiced on a Grand Prix weekend but never started a Grand Prix.

Here’s a breakdown of each one of them, with their Le Mans entry by their name.

  • Lucas di Grassi (No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, LMP1-H)
  • Alexander Wurz/Stephane Sarrazin/Kazuki Nakajima (No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid, LMP1-H)
  • Anthony Davidson/Sebastien Buemi (No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid, LMP1-H)
  • Nick Heidfeld (No. 12 Rebellion R-One Toyota, LMP1-L)
  • Mark Webber (No. 20 Porsche 919 Hybrid, LMP1-H)
  • Mika Salo (No. 27 SMP Racing Oreca 03 Nissan, LMP2)
  • Marc Gene (No. 38 Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN Nissan, LMP2)
  • Christian Klien (No. 43 Newblood by Morand Morgan Judd, LMP2)
  • Karun Chandhok (No. 48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03 Nissan, LMP2)
  • Gianmaria Bruni/Giancarlo Fisichella (No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia, GTE-Pro)
  • Olivier Beretta (No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia, GTE-Pro)
  • Jan Magnussen (No. 73 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R, GTE-Pro)
  • Bruno Senna (No. 97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage, GTE-Pro)
  • Shinji Nakano (No. 70 Team Taisan Ferrari F458 Italia, GTE-Am)
  • Pedro Lamy (No. 98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage, GTE-Am)

Note that only one of Audi’s nine drivers and only one of Porsche’s six have past F1 experience, while five of six for Toyota come from the F1 ranks.

By class, it’s 8 in LMP1, 4 in LMP2, 5 in GTE-Pro and 2 in GTE-Am for a total of 19 ex-F1 drivers in this year’s race.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool