In photos: Ex-Formula 1 drivers at Le Mans
16 June 2017 – As usual, there are plenty of ex-F1 drivers in action at the 2017 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, next to long-time endurance racers. GPUpdate.net looks at where each of them qualified for this weekend's race.
1: Kobayashi and Sarrazin (with Conway) / Toyota LMP1
Kamui Kobayashi, who competed for Toyota, Sauber and Caterham in F1, set a stunning time of 3:14.791 in qualifying, smashing the old record of 3:16.887, set by Porsche's Neel Jani in 2015. He is joined in the #7 Toyota Gazoo entry by one-time Minardi racer Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway, who tested F1 cars.
2. Davidson, Buemi and Nakajima / Toyota LMP1
All three of the #8 Toyota drivers previously raced in F1; Anthony Davidson with Minardi, BAR, Super Aguri, Sébastien Buemi with Toro Rosso and Kazuki Nakajima with Williams – they will start second at Le Mans.
3. Lotterer (with Jani and Tandy) / Porsche LMP1
André Lotterer, like Sarrazin, took part in only one F1 race, getting a run with Caterham in Belgium in 2014. As Toyota locked out the front row of the grid, he led Porsche's charge in third, with Neel Jani and Nick Tandy.
8. Petrov (with Trummer and González) / G-Drive LMP2
Vitaly Petrov, driving alonside Simon Trummer and Roberto González Valdez, raced for Lotus/Renault and Caterham in F1, becoming Russia's first podium finisher when he finished third in Australia, 2011.
10. Senna (with Prost and Canal) / Rebellion LMP2
Bruno Senna had one-year stints at Hispania, Lotus/Renault and Williams from 2010-2012. He rounded out the top 10 for Rebellion in qualifying at Le Mans, alongside French team-mates Nicholas Prost and Julien Canal.
11. Piquet Jr. (with Beche and Heinemeier Hansson) / Rebellion LMP2
Another Brazilian ex-F1 driver in action at Le Mans this year is Nelson Piquet Jr., who represented Renault until the infamous Crashgate fallout. He is paired with Mathias Beche and David Heinemeier Hansson at Rebellion.
12. Vergne (with Hirschi and Graves) / Manor LMP2
Jean-Éric Vergne showed flashes of brilliance with Toro Rosso in F1 but missed out on a Red Bull promotion to Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. Tor Graves and Jonathan Hirschi are his Le Mans team-mates at Manor.
23. Barrichello and Lammers (with Van Eerd) / Nederland LMP2
Rubens Barrichello (continuing the Brazilian trend) and Jan Lammers have teamed up for Le Mans at Racing Team Nederland, the other seat going to Frits van Eerd, the owner of Dutch supermarket Jumbo. Barrichello finished runner-up in F1 with Ferrari in 2002 and 2004, as Lammers failed to score a point with various teams.
27. Chandhok (with Moore and Hanson) / Tockwith LMP2
Karun Chandok crept into double figures by making 11 F1 starts with HRT and Team Lotus, and now represents Williams at historic events. Philip Hanson and Nigel Moore are his team-mates (Tockwith) at Le Mans.
37. Magnussen (with Garcia and Taylor) / Chevrolet GTE Pro
After a short F1 career, which comprised one race with McLaren and one-and-a-half seasons with Stewart, Jan Magnussen tried his hand at several categories. Now 43, he is a four-time winner at Le Mans, and will again drive a Chevrolet Corvette this year, with Antonio García and Daytona 24 Hour class winner Jordan Taylor.
42. Fisichella (with Vilander and Kaffer) / Ferrari GTE Pro
Giancarlo Fisichella raced for Minardi, Jordan, Benetton, Sauber, Renault, Force India and Ferrari in F1, taking three wins. He kept up his Ferrari links, after taking over from Luca Badoer as Felipe Massa's stand-in in 2009, and will add another Le Mans start to his name, alongside Toni Vilander and Pierre Kaffer at Risi Competizione.
46. Lamy (with Lauda and Dalla Lana) / Aston Martin GTE Am
Pedro Lamy had spells with Lotus and Minardi in F1, his one and only points finish coming at the Australian Grand Prix in 1995. Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda are racing alongside him at Aston Martin.
50. Stevens (with Vanthoor and Smith) / JMW GTE Am
Will Stevens, who appeared for Caterham at the 2014 F1 finale before a full campaign with Manor/Marussia in 2015, is racing for JMW Motorsport at Le Mans, sharing the wheel with Robert Smith and Dries Vanthoor.
58. Beretta (with Castellacci and Flohr) / Spirit of Race GTE Am
Olivier Beretta, one of only two Monegasque drivers to start an F1 race, along with Louis Chiron, continues to compete as he edges closer to the 50-year milestone. He is driving the same car as Fisichella at Le Mans, a Ferrari 488 GTE, run by Spirit of Race, with Thomas Flohr and Francesco Castellacci his team-mates.