Le Mans: The F1 veterans in the field

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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.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.