24 Hours of Le Mans 2025, a problematic date

The officialization of the dates for the 24 2025 Hours of Le Mans saw an old demon reappear, that of date clashes. Already a headache for drivers who will be impacted.

Published on 14/06/2024 à 18:17

Gonzalo Forbes

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24 Hours of Le Mans 2025, a problematic date

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We thought this subject had been buried with the ever-increasing attraction of manufacturers for 24 Hours of Le Mans, but we must believe that the little squabbles between disciplines are not quite ancient history. The publication of the 2025 calendars for the World ChampionshipEndurance (WEC) this Friday, June 14, fromIndyCar and Formula E in recent days and Formula 1 a few weeks earlier revealed some unfortunate clashes of dates.

If for F1 this poses more of a problem in terms of visibility given the scale of the category (Canadian Grand Prix scheduled for the same weekend) while no driver seems to be leaving to compete in Le Mans in parallel, for IndyCar is above all a question of organization. For Formula E, this concerns another round of the WEC season.

“I hope it’s only temporary”

On the other side of the Atlantic, some IndyCar drivers have already expressed their dissatisfaction. Alex Palou and Romain Grosjean, currently entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Cadillac and Lamboghini, expressed their astonishment at calendar programming of IndyCar.

Several elements appealed to them, such as the fact that the season ends in August and no longer in September. “ I'm catching up since Le Mans. That's very good news (the broadcast on Fox Sports), says Romain Grosjean. On the other hand, the calendar... Do we finish the championship in August? This means that there is no race in September, October, November, December, January, February… »

For his part, Alex Palou, reigning champion, pointed out the clash between the round at World Wide Technology Raceway (Illinois) and the 24 2025 Hours of Le Mans (June 14-15). An ordeal for the Catalan who clearly saw himself returning to Sarthe next year. “ I hope it's only temporary and that we won't have a clash with Le Mans »

Formula E, a more distant clash

For Formula E, history repeats itself. This year, certain drivers like Jean-Éric Vergne, Norman Nato and Stoffel Vandoorne were forced to decide between the FE and the WEC. Ultimately, they had no choice but to opt for the first, heading to Berlin instead of Belgium for the 6 Hours of Spa.

In 2025, it will be the same thing since the Berlin double-header is planned at the same time as the 6 Hours of São Paulo (July 13, 2025) according to the new calendar. This will once again force those concerned to choose between one and the other. Another headache for the drivers and teams and which is far from getting better.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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