Signatech Alpine boss Philippe Sinault says the French marque is considering a move up to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s top class when the next regulation cycle kicks in after next season.
Speaking from the interview stage at Le Mans scrutineering on Monday, Sinault noted: “Sales of the new Alpine are beyond our expectations [and] things are really looking good. We are competing at Le Mans for the LMP2 title this weekend, and [a move to] LMP1 for Alpine in 2020 is totally possible.
“Racing at the top is part of the company’s DNA. It will depend upon what’s announced this week. If we are eligible for the new LMP1 regulations, then for sure we will be there.”
Alpine driver Nicolas Lapierre added that he would love to be a part of an LMP1 program with the French manufacturer, which currently competes in LMP2 with an ORECA 07 homologated as an Alpine A470.
“I would clearly love to drive an Alpine LMP1,” said Lapierre. “This brand has a history at Le Mans, and it would be great if they could return to the top category. We are eager to see the new regulations. We will know more on Friday, and I hope that it will meet the expectations of Alpine and support their return to LMP1.”
Many observers now expect the ACO will reaffirm commitment to some form of the ‘Hypercar’ regulations revealed at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours in the major press conference scheduled for Friday.
Toyota has made it clear that it is ready to commit publicly, and multiple sources indicate a program involving Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing (linked now in Formula 1) could be revealed in the coming days.