Mick Schumacher Will Pilot Alpine Hypercar at Le Mans 24

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Schumacher Will Driver Alpine Hypercar at Le Mans Eurasia Sport Images - Getty Images

Ahead of his Le Mans 24 Hours debut next month, former Haas F1 driver Mick Schumacher says he will report directly to his friend and mentor Sebastian Vettel.

Despite a recent extensive test that had the rumor mill buzzing, Porsche left four-time F1 world champion Vettel out of its hypercar lineup for the fabled 24-hour endurance race this year.

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Former Haas F1 driver is using his Alpine hypercar experience to enhance his role as a Formula 1 reserve driver for Mercedes, McLaren and Williams.Rudy Carezzevoli - Getty Images

As he pushes to return to the Formula 1 grid, however, 25-year-old Schumacher will be at Le Mans—at the wheel of Alpine's hypercar. A dress rehearsal for Le Mans took place at the fabled Spa-Francorchamps circuit last weekend, where Schumacher's car failed to score a point over the 6-hour endurance race.

"We achieved our goal of a clean race," Mick, the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, told "Unfortunately, the red flag hurt our chances of a better result. Nevertheless, we can take a lot of positive points with us to Le Mans, where everything will have to be perfect."

Schumacher says the Alpine project is a good platform for his F1 return efforts.

"I see it as a different challenge in the sense that I have to get used to something new as a driver," the former Haas F1 driver said. "It's already important that I can get used to new cars very quickly for my role in Formula 1 as reserve driver for Mercedes, McLaren and Williams."

As for Vettel, Schumacher hinted that his friend and mentor may be at Le Mans—even if he won't be racing.

"I always like to see Sebastian, no matter where," he said. "I've never experienced it (Le Mans) myself, so after the race I will probably tell him whether it's worth doing or not."