Schumacher switches to WEC, but retains Mercedes F1 role

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Mick Schumacher will race in Alpine's Hypercar team in the 2024 World Endurance Championship season, but the German driver will retain his links to Mercedes F1 team as he will continue to work as their reserve driver next year.

Alpine will participate in the 2024 World Endurance Championship with two Hypercars with three drivers Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Charles Milesi have been already confirmed. The French outfit has now revealed that Paul-Loup Chatin, Ferdinand Habsburg and Mick Schumacher will complete their line-up.

The driver, who competed in Formula 1 for Haas F1 and as a test driver for Mercedes, will drive the A424 Hypercar next year. The Swiss-born driver made his Hypercar test debut in October when he got behind Alpine's Hypercar in Jerez.

"A new chapter is beginning for me with Alpine in the FIA WEC Hypercar category. The car is impressive, and I can't wait to get started. I've grown up with single-seaters, so driving a car with a closed cockpit and covered wheels is a great opportunity to hone my driving skills," Schumacher commented.

He continued: "I sorely missed racing this year; it's what I've loved to do since I was a kid, and it was sometimes difficult to watch the other drivers take to the track. Endurance racing is a new challenge for me, and I'm sure we will share great moments together next year with Alpine."