Le Mans: The F1 veterans in the field


There’s a healthy number of Formula 1 drivers, both past and present, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 2015 edition is once again no different. One current F1 ace, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, joins the roster this year with Porsche.

Here’s a look through the F1 drivers in the field, all of whom have made one or more Grand Prix starts (does not include drivers such as Neel Jani, a reserve who did Grand Prix weekends but not a race start).

  • Anthony Davidson/Sebastien Buemi/Kazuki Nakajima (No. 1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid, LMP1)
  • Alexander Wurz/Stephane Sarrazin (No. 2 Toyota TS040 Hybrid, LMP1)
  • Tiago Monteiro (No. 4 ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER, LMP1)
  • Andre Lotterer (No. 7 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, LMP1)
  • Lucas di Grassi (No. 8 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro, LMP1)
  • Nick Heidfeld (No. 12 Rebellion R-One AER, LMP1)
  • Mark Webber (No. 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid, LMP1)
  • Nico Hulkenberg* (No. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid, LMP1)
  • Max Chilton (No. 23 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, LMP1)
  • Karun Chandhok (No. 48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R Nissan, LMP2)
  • Gianmaria Bruni/Giancarlo Fisichella (No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia, GTE-Pro)
  • Jan Magnussen (No. 63 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R, GTE-Pro)
  • Olivier Beretta (No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia, GTE-Pro)
  • Pedro Lamy (No. 98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage, GTE-Am)

By class, it’s 11 ex and one current for a total of 12 in LMP1, just 1 in LMP2, 4 in GTE-Pro and 1 in GTE-Am for a total of 18 F1 drivers in this year’s race. That number is down by two from last year.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”