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The fulfilling of the dream of Max Verstappen to take part in the epic Le Mans 24 Hrs. race together with his father and ex-F1 driver and Le Mans LMP2 Class Winner Jos Verstappen is getting closer and closer. Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull Racing, has confirmed that Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will be participating in the new Hypercar class at Le Mans from 2021.

During the British Grand Prix weekend, Aston Martin presented her new Hypercar, “the Valkyrie”. This car was designed by Red Bull Racing designer Adrian Newey and is a true evolution in the car industry. After this presentation, Horner received many questions about the new car, which was put together by Aston Martin and Red Bull Technologies.

The title sponsor of Red Bull Racing already confirmed their participation from 2021 in the WEC (World Endurance Championship) and therefore also the 24 hours of Le Mans. Christian Horner confirms that Red Bull is also joining that adventure. “Aston Martin has already announced that they will race at Le Mans with the Valkyrie and now we announce to join them in this adventure).

That fact that this project is going to be a combination and a joint project between Red Bull Technologies and Aston Martin increases the chance that Max will ever be able to fulfill his dream by driving the 24 hours of Le Mans alongside his father Jos Verstappen.

Jos Verstappen has previously won the LMP2 Class at Le Mans in 2008 running in the van Merksteijn Porsche RS Spyder. In 2009 he had another attempt with Aston Martin Racing in their Lola built LMP1 prototype to go for the overall win, unfortunately the Aston Martin LMP1 car built by Lola proved no contender against the far superior diesels of Peugeot and Audi.

A third driver which is required for the 24 hrs of Le Mans would probably come from Red Bull ranks as well where 1 name in particular pops up being New Zealander Brendon Hartley. Could we see a Verstappen, Hartley Team in the WEC Rounds and a Verstappen, Hartley, Verstappen team in the 24 hours of Le Mans in the new for 2021 Hypercar Class? Stay Tuned….

However, Horner does not yet want to officially announce whether the Verstappens will take place in the Valkyrie in 2021. “I do not want to talk about names yet. First, let’s make sure we have a good plan to realize this project, “said the Red Bull team boss.

  • Photo credit: Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
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