24 Hours of Le Mans 2021: Schedules, facts and curiosities

The 89th edition of the legendary endurance test will have Argentine José María López among the candidates for victory.

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El Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August the eyes of the world will rest on the French circuit of La Sarthe, scene of the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This competition is valid for the fourth date of the World Endurance, will have the Argentine again Jose Maria Lopez, the Toyota GAZOO Racing, as a candidate for victory.

The activity will start this Friday 13 and Saturday 14 with scrutineering y administrative, Whereas the Sunday 15 all competitors will have the possibility of doing two free practice sessions with the aim of leaving everything ready for the official activity, which will start on miércoles 18.

Le MansThat day there will be two training sessions and qualifying. The 19 Thursday there will be a new practice and the hyperpole, which will define the first positions of the starting grid for each class. The last practice will also be held, during the night. The viernes 20 there will be no activity. While on Saturday the race will start at 16 local time (11.00 in Argentina).

The championship comes with the two Toyota GAZOO Racing crews at the top of the table. The New Zealander Brendon Hartley, the Japanese Kazuki Nakajima and the Swiss Sébastien Buemi, which they won last year at Le Mans; they lead with 75 points; while López, along with the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi and English Mike conway, current champions of the specialty, accumulate 69 points.

24 HOUR HOURS OF LE MANS (Argentina time)

1 training: 9.00 to 12.00
Classification: 14.00 to 15.00
Training 2: 17.00 to 19.00

3 training: 9.00 to 12.00
Hyperpole: 16.00 to 16.30
4 training: 17.00 to 19.00

Saturday 21
Full tanks: 6.30 to 6.45
Race start: 11.00


Le Mans

  • The 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has 62 cars enrolled. Regular WEC competitors will be joined by participants from the Le Mans European Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar and Asian Le Mans Series.
  • The race will feature five Hypercars (the largest division in which Pechito López runs), 25 vehicles of the LMP2 8 LM GTE Pro 23 LMGTE Am and a vehicle of the class Innovative Car.
  • There will be two female crews: Tatiana Calderon, Sophia floersch y Beitske Visser, with an Oreca-Gibson of the LMP2; Y Rahel frey, Sarah bovey y Michelle gatting, on a Ferrari 488 from the LMGTE Am.
  • In addition to López, Argentina will be represented by Franco Colapinto in the LMP2. Will share an Aurus-Gibson with Roman Rusinov y Nyck de vries.
  • The race will award double score: 50-36-30-24-20-16-12-8-6-4-2 and 1 point for all other finalists.
  • Derek bellWorld Endurance champion in 1985 and 1986 and five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he will be Grand Marshal in the 2021 event.


Ferrari le mans

  • The first edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was held in 1923.
  • The original length of the circuit used in 1929 was 17,262 km. It was shortened in 1929 and again in 1932.
  • The city of Le Mans has hosted the Grand Prix of France on four occasions: 1906, 1921, 1929 and 1967, this last edition valid for the World Cup Formula 1.
  • The fastest speed reached on the Mulsanne Straight was 403,9 km / h. Achieved it Roger dorchy in 1988 on a Peugeot WM-P88.
  • The longest distance ever reached by a winning car was achieved in 2010 when Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard y Mike rockenfeller (Audi R15 TDI) covered 5.410 km. For reference, the winning car in 2020 completed 5.273 km.
  • After winning the 1967 race with AJ Foyt, the American Dan Gurney He spontaneously doused champagne while celebrating on the podium. This was the first occasion and it has become the traditional celebration of victory.
  • In 2018, Fernando Alonso became the first F.1 Grand Prix winner to win at Le Mans since Michele Alboreto did it in 1997 in 1997.
  • The only Argentine who won at Le Mans was José Froilán González, which prevailed in the 1954 edition in the company of the French Maurice Trintignant. The reef handled 17 out of 24 hours.


Le MansFrom the 2018, TotalEnergies has an agreement with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest in charge of organizing the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Collaboration between both institutions is a guarantee for the development of new technologies for the continuous advancement of motorsports. The track represents the ultimate open-air laboratory and a continual source of innovation as the demands of endurance racing push TotalEnergies to develop high-performance fuels and lubricants that will be available for road cars in the future.


During the 24 Hours of Le Mans, TotalEnergies successfully distributes 280.000 liters of fuel to the 62 participating cars. And throughout the race, as requested by the ACO and the FIA, more than 150 fuel compliance tests in the workshops of the different competitors.


In the LMP2 category, ELF achieved triumphs with Signatech Alpine ELF. The efforts paid off as the team took victory in the 2019 edition of the race and clinched the FIA ​​WEC world title. In the 2021 season, the agreement continues with the team Alpine ELF Matmut. The team is made up of the Brazilian André Negrão and the French Nicolas lapierre y Matthieu Vaxivière, who have achieved outstanding performances, including second place at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, and third place at Portimão.


2011 Marcel Fässler / André Lotterer / Benoît Tréluyer Audi R18
2012 André Lotterer / Marcel Fässler / Benoît Tréluyer Audi R18
2013 Tom Kristensen / Loïc Duval / Allan McNish Audi R18
2014 Benoît Tréluyer / André Lotterer / Marcel Fässler Audi R18
2015 Nico Hülkenberg / Nick Tandy / Earl Bamber Porsche 919 Hybrid
2016 Marc Lieb / Romain Dumas / Neel Jani Porsche 919 Hybrid
2017 Brendon Hartley / Earl Bamber / Timo Bernhard Porsche 919 Hybrid
2018 Fernando Alonso / Sébastien Buemi / Kazuki Nakajima Toyota TS050 HYBRID
2019 Fernando Alonso / Sébastien Buemi / Kazuki Nakajima Toyota TS050 HYBRID
2020 Sébastien Buemi / Kazuki Nakajima / Brendon Hartley Toyota TS050 HYBRID

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