Former F1 drivers Kevin Magnussen and Paul di Resta, as well as former Red Bull charger Jean-Eric Vergne, will race for Peugeot in the 2022 World Endurance Championship.
The trio will form the core of the French manufacturer’s roster of drivers who will handle Peugeot’s new Le Mans Hypercar, with Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes and 2019 European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Mikkel Jensen also included in the squad’s line-up.
James Rossiter will act as the team’s official reserve and simulator driver.
Jean-Marc Finot, director of motorsport of Peugeot’s new parent company Stellantis which recently resulted from the merger of the PSA group and Fiat Chrysler, highlighted the group’s skills and ability to move the team forward upon Peugeot’s return to top-level sportscar racing.
“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 mind-set 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,” said Finot.
“We also wanted to establish that they saw their commitment with us as a priority and not just a line on their CV.”
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Olivier Jansonnie, technical director of the WEC project at Peugeot Sport, added: “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.”
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Source: Formula 1 – F1I