Mick Schumacher has landed a full-time racing seat for the 2024 season. The Mercedes test and reserve driver will join up with Alpine as they venture into the Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship for the first time.
Schumacher will be one of three new faces to join Alpine's ranks for next season with Ferdinand Habsburg and Paul-Loup Chatin also signing contracts with the French team.
This news has been expected for a little while now after Schumacher and Alpine boss Bruno Famin confirmed that a private test had taken place ahead of a potential contract back in October.
After the contract was announced on Wednesday, Schumacher said: "A new chapter is beginning for me with Alpine in the FIA WEC Hypercar category. The car is impressive, and I can't wait to get started.
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"I've grown up with single-seaters, so driving a car with a closed cockpit and covered wheels is a great opportunity to hone my driving skills. I sorely missed racing this year.
"It's what I've loved to do since I was a kid, and it was sometimes difficult to watch the other drivers take to the track. Endurance racing is a new challenge for me, and I'm sure we will share great moments together next year with Alpine."
Famin also expressed his excitement to be working with Schumacher, explaining: "We are absolutely delighted to have these six drivers and we hope they will all bring their own experience and qualities to the project.
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"For example Charles with his youth, Nicolas with his experience in Endurance to mentor the younger drivers, and also Mick, with his experience gained at the highest level. It might be his first foray into Endurance, but his enthusiasm for the project and his will to join us are palpable. I’m sure he will be a real asset."
Schumacher is also expected to continue in his test and reserve role with Mercedes. The 24-year-old joined the Silver Arrows after his time with Haas came to an end in 2022.
Team principal Toto Wolff has previously stated that he is more than happy for the German driver to continue with the team in his current role in the event of a WEC switch. Schumacher has impressed with his simulator work and feedback for the Brackley-based team this season.