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Mercedes F1 strategist set to go racing in a McLaren

James Vowles, Chief Strategist at Mercedes, is swapping the pit wall for a race seat as he takes part in the Asian Le Mans Series next month.

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Mercedes' Chief Strategist, James Vowles, is set to race a McLaren in the Asian Le Mans Series.

Vowles will swap the pit wall for a race seat to compete in the two-round, four-race event in February for Garage 59. Racing the #59 McLaren 720S GT3, he will form an all-new line-up alongside Nicolai Kjærgaard and Manuel Maldonado, with Maldonado having won the MP3 class of the series last year.

The timing of the championship means that Vowles can take part before resuming his day job with Mercedes when the 2022 F1 season kicks off in March.

Meanwhile, the other one of Garage 59's two newly-acquired McLarens - the #88 car - will be raced by Alexander West, Marvin Kirchhofer and Frank Bird. Garage 59 previously ran the Aston Martin Vantage for the past three seasons in a variety of GT3 championships.

"I'm really happy with the driver line-ups we've secured for Asian Le Mans," Andrew Kirkaldy, Garage 59 Team Principal, said.

"We're all looking forward to getting started with the McLaren 720S and hopefully getting our first win of the season. For sure it will also be handy to have one of F1's best strategists in the team."

The series will begin at the Dubai Autodrome on 12 February.

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