Peugeot’s campaign for the 2022 World Endurance Championship will include three ex-Formula 1 drivers.
Not long after the French car manufacturer announced it will be competing in the newly-established Le Mans Hypercar class from 2022, it has announced that Kevin Magnussen, Paul di Resta, and Jean-Eric Vergne will join Le Mans winner Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes, and Mikkel Jensen in racing the hypercar.
Peugeot will run two vehicles throughout the World Endurance Championship but has yet to announce which of the six drivers will drive which car. It has also yet to decide during which race of the 2022 WEC season it will make its debut, Motorsport notes.
“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,” director of motorsport of Stallantis Jean-Marc Finot said in a statement. “We also wanted to establish that they saw their commitment with us as a priority and not just a line on their CV.”
Kevin Magnussen lost his drive with the Haas F1 team at the conclusion of the 2020 season and this year is competing with Chip Ganassi Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Meanwhile, di Resta has secured his driver with Peugeot after three seasons racing in LMP2 while Vergne has also spent the last four years racing in the LMP2 class.