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Vettel Excluded from Porsche's 2024 Le Mans Lineup
Felipe Nasr, Mathieu Jaminet, and Nick Tandy will also drive the third factory Porsche 963 at Le Mans in 2024. © Images de sport automobile

Vettel Excluded from Porsche’s 2024 Le Mans Lineup

06/05/2024

Porsche reveals its 2024 Le Mans team, notably omitting former F1 star Sebastian Vettel.

Following his test in a Porsche 963 LMDh, there was speculation about whether Sebastian Vettel would make his first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The roster for the endurance classic has now been released, providing the answer.

Vettel Excluded from Porsche's 2024 Le Mans Lineup
Nasr, Tandy, and Jaminet will be the lineup for the third official Porsche Penske.

Porsche has stated that the No. 4 prototype, which was the only one with available seats for the German, will be driven by Felipe Nasr and Nick Tandy, who join the previously announced Mathieu Jaminet.

Car No. 5 will be piloted by Matt Campbell, Michael Christensen, and the Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki, while No. 6 will also feature a Frenchman in its trio, with Kevin Estre sharing driving duties with André Lotterer and Laurens Vanthoor. Dane Cameron will serve as the manufacturer’s official reserve driver.

As for the customer Porsche 963s, the lineups will remain the same as during the WEC season, leaving no room for Sebastian Vettel. The four-time F1 world champion will therefore wait at least another year to make his endurance debut, if he still feels motivated by the challenge.

Porsche justified this decision by emphasizing the search for experienced drivers who have competed in the Le Mans classic before. This was explained by Urs Kuratle, the director of Porsche Motorsport’s LMDh factory.

“Ultimately, one of the deciding factors was experience at Le Mans. Nick Tandy has participated eleven times and won with Porsche in 2015. Felipe Nasr has competed in four races in La Sarthe. Moreover, the trio impressed us with good lap times and excellent teamwork during their joint campaign at Le Mans in 2023.”

Vettel Excluded from Porsche's 2024 Le Mans Lineup

Vettel Excluded from Porsche’s 2024 Le Mans Lineup. Vettel Excluded from Porsche’s 2024 Le Mans Lineup

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