Magnussen confirmed in Peugeot WEC line-up

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Kevin Magnussen is one of three ex-F1 drivers to be confirmed by Peugeot for their World Endurance Championship comeback.

The French manufacturer will mark their return to the World Endurance Championship in 2022, with Magnussen one of the six drivers set to be deployed across the two Peugeot LMH hybrid prototypes in the WEC season.

Magnussen, who departed Formula 1 at the end of 2020 once his Haas deal came to an end, has now taken his first steps into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Magnussen made his debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but disaster struck with just seven minutes left as he was forced to pit due to a puncture while running P2, ending all hopes he had of making a winning debut.

But 2022 will be another first for the Danish racer as he tackles the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans with Peugeot.

Alongside him will be fellow ex-Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta. The Scotsman, who raced with Force India in Formula 1 and made a single appearance for Williams, is no stranger to Le Mans having competed in the LMP2 class with United Autosports over the past three seasons, winning that class in 2020.

Jean-Eric Vergne is the final name of Formula 1’s past included in Peugeot’s line-up. After a stint with Toro Rosso, Vergne moved on to find success in Formula E, winning back-to-back titles between 2017-19.

He is certainly no stranger to the World Endurance Championship either, having competed in the LMP2 class for the past four seasons, winning multiple races in the European Le Mans Series.

Former Le Mans winner Loic Duval will join the trio at Peugeot, along with Gustavo Menezes, a veteran of the LMP2 class and also former Le Mans victor in the category.

2019 European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Mikkel Jensen completes the line-up.

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James Rossiter, who has made various appearances in the World Endurance Championship since 2012, will serve as Peugeot’s reserve and simulator driver.

At which stage of the 2022 season Peugeot will enter their LMH hybrid prototypes has not yet been confirmed.

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