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#1 Anja

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 09:27

I think it's time to finally start a topic for the next season. Which will look like this:

 

24-25 February - Prologue (Losail)

2 March - Qatar 1812 km (Losail)

21 April - 6 Hours of Imola

11 May - 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

15-16 June - 24 Hours of Le Mans

14 July - 6 Hours of Sao Paulo (Interlagos)

1 September - Lone Star Le Mans (Circuit of the Americas)

15 September - 6 Hours of Fuji

2 November - 8 Hours of Bahrain

 

 

And we have an announcement from Alpine who confirm their driver lineup: Nicolas Lapierre, Ferdinand Habsburg, Paul-Loup Chatin, Matthieu Vaxiviere, Mick Schumacher, and Charles Milesi.

 

https://media.alpine...eason/?lang=eng


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#2 Beri

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 10:01

So Schumacher finally landing a seat with other racing royalty Ferdinand Habsburg. Quite the line up Alpine has gotten themselves.



#3 BobbyRicky

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 10:24

So Schumacher finally landing a seat with other racing royalty Ferdinand Habsburg. Quite the line up Alpine has gotten themselves.

 

aka Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michael Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard von Habsburg-Lothringen for us peasants.

 


 



#4 mjex

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 10:35

Apparently Kubica will test today in private Ferrari.



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:00

Lapierre in a top-class car, will it turn out to be a disaster again or does he only do stupid **** when in a Toyota :rotfl:



#6 FLB

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:17

Apparently Kubica will test today in private Ferrari.

 

It's more than just a test: AF Corse Signs Kubica for 2024 Season – Sportscar365

 

 

“I’m happy that my path and the path of AF Corse will be the same next season,” said Kubica.

“AF is one of the most successful teams ever in motorsport: I’m sure we’ll do a great job together. What’s more, I’m back in an Italian team, which is no small matter.”

AF Corse states that more information about Kubica’s role in the team will be released “in the coming weeks.”



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:42

So not private but third AF corse car?

#8 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:43

 

Love this, he was so good in P2 last year and I'm one of the folks who were really hoping the Ferrari F1 team would have signed him back in the 2008-2010 era. 



#9 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:45

So not private but third AF corse car?

 

It's not official yet, but the rumors kept circling about Richard Mille Racing which ran a GTE car in name only, it was really another AF Corse car with AF Corse mechanics and team support run under the sponsor's banner. This may be the same thing. 



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:46

Couple of decent WEC news days this week. Rock on!

I, for one, had assumed that Kubica would be part of WRT's BMW Hypercar programme.



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:48

I thought Robert was headed to the second Jota Porsche?
But of course, I listen to rumors
https://youtu.be/epv...99YomuCnA_bpDO8

Jp

Edited by jonpollak, 22 November 2023 - 11:53.


#12 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:50

The rumor mill had Button, Vettel, and Robert all sharing a Jota, so clearly that was jumping the gun a bit! 



#13 Viryfan

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 11:53

It seems like Vettel got cold feet about the Jota project.

#14 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:00

Correct me if I'm wrong but Button hasn't announced full season plans for next year yet other than joining WTR for Daytona? Hoping to still see him in the Jota. 



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:01

Pretty sure I need to find a way to make it to COTA next year for the WEC race. With or without Vettel and Jenson this season should be incredible and I'm really excited about Robert in a Ferrari and Mick in the Alpine. 



#16 Silverstone96

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:03

Just wonder if Vettel may also be in third Ferrari now.

#17 Muppetmad

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:15

Kubica in a Ferrari will be amazing to see  :up: Hopefully he'll have two strong drivers alongside him so that the car can challenge for the win at Le Mans.



#18 Anja

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:23

Different series, 12 years overdue, not a full factory drive... but it's still amazing to hear about Kubica in a Ferrari. With all due respect for Jota, I think this was an easy choice for Robert. 



#19 FLB

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:30

Just wonder if Vettel may also be in third Ferrari now.

The rumour for now is Robert Shwartzman and a driver who's had a relationship with Ferrari in recent years.



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:31

I’d be rather good with that.
Bobby needs a top line drive.

Jp

#21 ezequiel

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:49

The rumour for now is Robert Shwartzman and a driver who's had a relationship with Ferrari in recent years.

Could be Rovera



#22 Muppetmad

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:52

Kubica/Shwartzman/somebody strong would be a formidable lineup.



#23 Burai

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:53

Callum Ilott doesn't have a lot on next year.



#24 Muppetmad

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 12:56

Ilott is fast, but error-prone. I don't think he'd be suited to endurance racing.



#25 Silverstone96

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 13:04

The rumour for now is Robert Shwartzman and a driver who's had a relationship with Ferrari in recent years.


Well seb still just about fits that

#26 Beri

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 13:21

The rumour for now is Robert Shwartzman and a driver who's had a relationship with Ferrari in recent years.

 

Schwartzman should have been in the line up of the eventual winning Le Mans car to begin with. 



#27 Peat

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 13:43

Ilott is fast, but error-prone. I don't think he'd be suited to endurance racing.

 

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#28 Muppetmad

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 13:47

 

Point taken   ;)



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 13:51

Kelvin van der Linde tested the Akkodis ASP Lexus alonside López, so he may end up there.



#30 PayasYouRace

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 14:00

1812 km is a really odd length for a race.

#31 EightGear

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 14:02

1812 km is a really odd length for a race.

 

It's the year Qatar got independence or something. 

Whatever.



#32 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 14:31

The rumour for now is Robert Shwartzman and a driver who's had a relationship with Ferrari in recent years.

 

Wouldn't they go with Lilou Wadoux? She is a factory driver as of last year and tested the 499P already, would be good publicity to have a young very talented woman in the car as well, 



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 14:34

Wouldn't they go with Lilou Wadoux? She is a factory driver as of last year and tested the 499P already, would be good publicity to have a young very talented woman in the car as well, 

Maybe i am wrong, but she is Silver grade driver,which not eligible for Hypercars. 



#34 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 14:35

Maybe i am wrong, but she is Silver grade driver,which not eligible for Hypercars. 

 

Only Bronze is excluded from Hypercar, Silvers are fine- 

 

https://www.24h-lema...-hypercar-57563



#35 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 14:36

Also, anyone know the race length for Cota next year? All the press releases mention Lone Star Le Mans but say nothing about length/distance. I'm guessing 6 hours since most races are around that, but can't confirm. 



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 15:16

Wouldn't they go with Lilou Wadoux? She is a factory driver as of last year and tested the 499P already, would be good publicity to have a young very talented woman in the car as well, 

Because she is backed by Richard Mille and this would not be a Richard Mille-sponsored entry.



#37 ARTGP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 15:18

Kubica in a third Ferrari? '24 is coming along extremely well.  



#38 Gemini

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 16:02

Oh man... I can imagine these future debates... whether this is car is equal to factory Ferraris or whether it is inferior, and how much inferior  :stoned:


Edited by Gemini, 22 November 2023 - 16:02.


#39 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 16:23

Oh man... I can imagine these future debates... whether this is car is equal to factory Ferraris or whether it is inferior, and how much inferior  :stoned:

 

Good news with the Hypercar regs is that manufacturers have to homologate just about everything on these cars and need to give customers identical machinery, hence why depending on setup Jota and Proton were able to show up Penske from time to time. 



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#40 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 16:24

Because she is backed by Richard Mille and this would not be a Richard Mille-sponsored entry.

 

Was about to ask where you got that but found this in the DSC article on Kubica- 

 

AF Corse is set to enter a third, privately owned, car in the World Championship alongside the pair of factory entries that they field.

The car is believed to be entered under AF Corse SRL with no mention of Richard Mille, long expected to have been part of the effort.

 

https://www.dailyspo...e-for-2024.html

 

On Wadoux, isn't she contracted to Ferrari as a factory driver with or without Richard Mille backing? 


Edited by Dan333SP, 22 November 2023 - 16:25.


#41 FLB

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 17:16

Was about to ask where you got that but found this in the DSC article on Kubica- 

 

AF Corse is set to enter a third, privately owned, car in the World Championship alongside the pair of factory entries that they field.

The car is believed to be entered under AF Corse SRL with no mention of Richard Mille, long expected to have been part of the effort.

 

https://www.dailyspo...e-for-2024.html

 

On Wadoux, isn't she contracted to Ferrari as a factory driver with or without Richard Mille backing? 

 

Ask yourself: Where was she in 2022...? Ferrari took her on Richard Mille's behalf. It's paying off so far. She's also an ambassador for the watchmaker: https://www.richardm...rs/lilou-wadoux


Edited by FLB, 22 November 2023 - 17:17.


#42 FLB

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 23:24

Picture of Kubica in the car: La première photo de Robert Kubica dans la Ferrari 499P ! - Endurance Info (endurance-info.com)



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Posted 22 November 2023 - 23:56

VSC for 2024
https://sportscar365...or-2024-season/

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Posted 23 November 2023 - 07:23

So FCY/Code80 followed by real safety car?

#45 FLB

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Posted 24 November 2023 - 11:07

Lello is now officially a BMW driver: Marciello Joins BMW Factory Roster | dailysportscar.com



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Posted 24 November 2023 - 11:58

Another badly kept secret

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Posted 24 November 2023 - 19:39

Ryan Briscoe is a free agent (that's been known for a while with Glick exit). So maybe there's an opportunity with Jota.  


Edited by ARTGP, 24 November 2023 - 19:39.


#48 Anja

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Posted 24 November 2023 - 20:16

Kelvin van der Linde tested the Akkodis ASP Lexus alonside López, so he may end up there.

 

Didn't take long for an official confirmation: https://sportscar365...-lmgt3-program/


Edited by Anja, 24 November 2023 - 20:18.


#49 Dan333SP

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Posted 25 November 2023 - 18:51

The rumour for now is Robert Shwartzman and a driver who's had a relationship with Ferrari in recent years.

 

I guess the rumor was incorrect, seems like the lineup will be Yifei Ye moving over from the Jota plus Schwartzman and Kubica, don't think he's had any previous association with Ferrari but it sounds like Chinese backers are at least partially responsible for the effort rather than Richard Mille- 

 

https://www.dailyspo...car-effort.html

 

Will be interesting to see what sort of livery they go for. Would love to see this car in something other than red. 



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Posted 25 November 2023 - 18:55

I guess the rumor was incorrect, seems like the lineup will be Yifei Ye moving over from the Jota plus Schwartzman and Kubica, don't think he's had any previous association with Ferrari but it sounds like Chinese backers are at least partially responsible for the effort rather than Richard Mille- 

 

https://www.dailyspo...car-effort.html

 

Will be interesting to see what sort of livery they go for. Would love to see this car in something other than red. 

*That* is a surprise.