WEC - Stoffel Vandoorne to replace Gustavo Menezes in the #94 Peugeot in 2024
It would have been strange for a driver of Stoffel Vandoorne's calibre to accept a reserve role without any guarantees for the future. Especially as he has shone in every one of his endurance races. Third in the 6 Hours of Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019 in a BR1 / BR Engineering, the 31-year-old Belgian finished runner-up in the WEC LMP2 championship in 2021 in an Oreca 07 run by Jota Sport.
Inducted as Peugeot Sport's test and reserve driver last February, the Aston Martin F1 Team reserve driver will take on the role of regular driver next year. He will replace the American Gustavo Menezes in the N°94 Peugeot 9X8.
This is a bad news for the 28-year-old American, whose commitment to this programme is beyond reproach and who has nothing to be ashamed of in terms of his performance, despite his mistake in the Le Mans 24 Hours, when he hit the tires at 3:09am despite having completed 34 laps at the front of the race.
Next year, the two 9X8s entered should therefore be entrusted respectively to Paul di Resta / Mikkel Jensen / Jean-Eric Vergne and Loïc Duval / Nico Müller / Stoffel Vandoorne. Two of the six drivers would therefore combine WEC with Peugeot and Formula E with DS-Penske, namely Vergne and Vandoorne. Barring any surprises, Malthe Jakobsen, currently a junior driver with the French firm, would be the reserve driver.