Vettel eyes thrilling comeback with Le Mans test

Sebastian Vettel is potentially eyeing a grand return to the competitive racing scene, with recent developments pointing towards a significant involvement in endurance racing.

Porsche has disclosed its plan to include Vettel, a four-time Formula 1 world champion who stepped away from F1 at the close of 2022, in an exhaustive endurance trial. This test will be conducted with the Penske team’s Porsche 963 Le Mans hypercar at the Aragon circuit shortly.

In preparation for this test, Porsche revealed that Vettel has devoted considerable time to simulator sessions focused on the Spanish track. Moreover, the seasoned racer, aged 36, has completed a preliminary run at Porsche’s Weissach testing facility in Germany.

Expressing his enthusiasm for diversifying his racing experience, Vettel shared, “I’ve always followed other racing series and my curiosity for endurance events encouraged me to just give it a shot.” He also hinted at a cautious approach to future plans, stating, “We will then see what happens next in this respect – at the moment there are no further plans for the future.”

Speculation about Vettel’s participation in the upcoming Le Mans race has been rife, with Michael Schmidt of Auto Motor und Sport remarking, “It is not clear whether Vettel will compete at Le Mans this year, but it is not impossible.” He further suggested that Vettel’s ambition to race at Le Mans would likely necessitate his involvement in a preparatory sports car race, with the events at Imola next month or Spa in May being probable choices.

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