Andretti-Alpine relationship has LMDh possibilities
An interview with Mario Andretti has foreshadowed a potential endurance programme
In an exclusive interview with David Land, 1978 F1 champion Mario Andretti revealed the aspirations and interest in the Andretti name joining the F1 grid, in a potential partnership with Alpine.
However this collaboration has the likelihood of going beyond the open-wheel world, with the possibility of running an Alpine LMDh entry in the coming years.
“We have a lot of friends there in Formula 1, it’s one big family,” said Mario, “Michael has been obviously talking with that group, Alpine, to field a sports car program and so on and so forth.
“There’s a lot of moving parts here. All of it works, ultimately.”
Alpine are due to launch their Oreca-chassised LMDh programme for the 2024 World Endurance Championship – under IMSA’s OEM rules that require any GTP manufacturer to be selling cars in North America, this prospective programme is currently limited to World Endurance competition only.
Crucially Alpine, and parent company Renault, do not market production cars in the USA.
This is, of course, notwithstanding any potential changes to the branding of the Alpine LMDh that would enable it to race in IMSA – Renault do however have the Nissan brand in their portfolio, offering an eligible badge for American competition.
Andretti are known to have had extensive talks with multiple LMDh manufacturers about prospective programmes, however the Alpine collaboration appears to have the most momentum.