Ex-Formula 1 drivers Kevin Magnussen, Paul di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne will race Peugeot’s new Le Mans Hypercar in the World Endurance Championship in 2022.
The trio have been named as part of a full roster of drivers for the French manufacturer’s return to the top-flight of sportscar racing in the WEC and at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
They will be joined by Le Mans winner Loic Duval, WEC regular Gustavo Menezes and 2019 European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Mikkel Jensen in the race squad.
James Rossiter, who has raced in the WEC sporadically with the ByKolles team since 2012 and was a Honda F1 tester in the 2000s, will act as the reserve and simulator driver.
It has not been revealed how the drivers will line up across the two Peugeot LMH hybrid prototypes, which will begin racing at a yet-to-be-decided point during the 2022 WEC season. The line-up was billed as “seven drivers — one team” on its announcement on Monday.
Former McLaren, Renault and Haas F1 driver Magnussen, is competing in sportscars for the first time this year with Chip Ganassi Racing in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
Former Force India and Williams F1 driver di Resta has landed a deal in the top class of the WEC after three seasons driving for United Autosports in the LMP2 prototype ranks, which included a Le Mans class victory in 2020.
Two-time Formula E champion Vergne, who raced for Toro Rosso in F1 in 2012-14, has signed for Peugeot after four seasons in P2, which included multiple race victories in the ELMS with the TDS-run G-Drive Racing squad.
Duval, Le Mans winner and WEC champion with Audi in 2013, is focussing on sportscars following his departure from Audi after four seasons in the DTM.
The Frenchman drove a Peugeot 908 HDi for the works-support ORECA squad in 2010 and ’11, winning the Sebring 12 Hours in the second of those years, before being picked up by Audi.
Menezes has been a regular in the WEC since 2016, first in P2 with the Signatech Alpine squad with which he won the class title in his debut season and then with Rebellion Racing in LMP1.
Jensen, 26, has been signed by Peugeot after only a single season in LMP2. The Dane drove in last year’s ELMS with G-Drive, partnering Vergne in one round as well as at Le Mans, after winning the P3 class of the series the previous season with Eurointernational.
Peugeot’s LMH contender is due to begin testing at the end of this year and a decision on when it will join the WEC is expected early in 2022.