In the frankly unlikely event that my fag packet calculations are correct, there will be grand total of 21 current or former F1 drivers on the grid at this year’s Le Mans 24 hours. From current superstar Fernando Alonso to 61-year-old Jan Lammers, who’s not competed in a Grand Prix for 26 years, there will be F1 drivers in cars from one end of the grid to the other, and in every single category of racing from LMP1-Hybrid to GTE Am.
Is 2018 the year F1 stars take over Le Mans?
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.
- The story of Austria’s finest race – Thank Frankel it’s Friday
- The Fiat Panda is the best small car of the last generation – Thank Frankel it’s Friday
- Jean Rondeau, the self‑made Le Mans conqueror – Thank Frankel it’s Friday
- Remembering Hans Mezger, the greatest engine designer of all time – Thank Frankel it’s Friday