Ferrari Driver Academy member Shwartzman is set to join Yifei Ye and Robert Kubica as part of the driver lineup for the privately entered #83 AF Corse Ferrari 499P throughout the entire 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The third 499P will participate in the FIA World Cup for Hypercar Teams, competing alongside the Hertz Team Jota Porsches and Proton Competition’s Porsche 963.
The official confirmation of Robert Shwartzman’s role comes shortly after the Maranello team announced that the driver lineups for their two factory-entered Ferrari AF Corse 499Ps will remain unchanged from 2023. The #50 car will be driven by Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina, and Niklas Nielsen, while the #51 will feature the winning trio from the 2023 Le Mans, Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, and Antonio Giovinazzi.
For 23-year-old Yifei Ye, this season marks his second in Hypercar after an impressive performance with the Jota-run Porsche last year.
As for 24-year-old Robert Shwartzman, who participated in last year’s GT World Challenge Europe, he will make his Hypercar racing debut following his outstanding performance in the 499P during the rookie tests in Bahrain in November 2023. Robert Shwartzman will also continue as a reserve driver for Scuderia Ferrari in F1.
Antonello Coletta, Global Head of Endurance and Corse Clienti, stated: “We are delighted to give our official drivers the chance to take part in the entire FIA WEC season in the number 83 Ferrari 499P of the AF Corse team. Yifei has made a name for himself in recent seasons by winning two endurance racing titles. Now he can prove himself in the top world championship category with a Ferrari Hypercar. In contrast, Robert will get to continue on his path with a new challenge after a successful 2023 season that saw him win in Barcelona with the 296 GT3 and adapt brilliantly to the 499P during rookie testing in Bahrain.” – he concluded, as reported by the official website of Ferrari.