• Dec 11, 2009

Peugeot 908 HDi – Click above for high-res image gallery

Motorsports of late have been gripped by the crossover of racing drivers from one discipline to another, but one of the most established migrations in motor racing has always been between Formula One and Le Mans. The great (but unrelated) Hills – Phil and Graham – both won the F1 championship and Le Mans, but none have done so since Jochen Rindt in 1970. Lately, Peugeot especially has been seeking F1 drivers to pilot its 908 HDi against the venerable Audis at the famous 24-hour race, but that could step up a notch if the latest rumors from France hold any Evian.

Peugeot has registered three factory works cars to challenge Le Mans next year, plus one mystery car that has only been listed as a privateer entry. According to the latest reports, that entry could be fielded by Red Bull. The energy drink company has one of the most comprehensive networks of racing talent under its wings, but what's catching the most attention is three of its most prominent drivers.

Six-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, whose Citroen C4 rally car is sponsored by Red Bull, has raced Le Mans previously, and has been linked to a return to the endurance race. 2007 Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen will likewise be driving next year in a Red Bull-sponsored C4 fielded by Citroen (Peugeot's sister company). Finally, David Coulthard was largely responsible for Red Bull's foray into F1, and though retired from actively racing, remains an advisor and test driver for the team.

While these rumors could prove nothing more than exactly that, if Red Bull were to bring these three talents to La Sarthe, they would surely be a force to be reckoned with.



[Source: AUTOhebdo via Le Blog Auto and Axis of Oversteer]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Racing a funny business though as there have been many occasions when very accomplished drivers have not been very competitive in another discipline. Jacques Villeneuve in the Pug over the last 2 years comes to mind. He's an Indy 500 Champion, and an F1 World champion, but he just wasn't competitive the last 2 years in the Pug.

      Dario Franchitti also comes to mine. Indy 500 Champ, IRL Champ, 12 Hours of Sebring winner, but couldn't cut it in Nascar.

      Having a lineup of largely F1 guys has been one of the criticisms of the Pug LMP program, whilst Audi employs mostly dedicated sports car/touring car drivers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      dreamteam
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, what a trio
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was saying that Kimi should give Le Mans and Indy a shot. If he could win the triple crown (Indy, Monaco, Le Mans) and a world championship then he would go down as one of the all time greats in motor racing. For have that kind of legacy racing strictly in F1 he would need at least 3 more championships which I do not think is possible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoever wrote this has no idea what they are talking about. The third entry is not a mystery one, it's Pescarolo Sport. Red Bull don't even have an LMP team, technically they cannot field an entry. Actually, there are currently no rumors about those 3 drivers racing at Le Mans under Red Bull at all. This "report" is pretty much made up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that sounds awesome. should be a good time at le mans 2010.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be great. Raikkonen made it rather clear that he wants to drive in Le Mans so i take this as being really something that could happen.