Audi has revealed the make-up of its 2014 driver line-up for the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours, including the identity of the man who will replace the now retired Allan McNish.

Following McNish's decision to stand down, the German manufacturer has revealed that Lucas di Grassi will move up to a full-time role for the season ahead having been part of Audi's sportscar programme since 2012.

The former F1 racer will join defending champions Loic Duval and Tom Kristensen for the full season at the wheel of the #1 R18 e-tron Quattro, while the driver line-up for the #2 car will remain unchanged with Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer teaming together.

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Audi has also confirmed that Filipe Albuquerque, Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis will drive a third car at Le Mans in the preceding event at Spa. Marc Gene meanwhile will act as the reserve driver for both races.

"In 2014, we again have a very good driver line-up," Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said. "Of course it's not easy to replace a driver like Allan McNish, who drove for Audi for 14 years. But Lucas di Grassi has delivered convincing performances in all of his runs for Audi so far.

"For Filipe Albuquerque, the switch from the DTM to the WEC is happening at the ideal point in time. He's ready for the next career step. Our current sports car squad will cause a sensation in a season that poses a great challenge due to the new technical regulations and new rivals."

Chris Reinke, Audi's LMP Project Leader, said he was pleased with the line-ups in place for the year ahead.

"In Lucas di Grassi we've found the ideal complement to Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval," he said. "Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer have been a solid team for several years. We're delighted to have Filipe Albuquerque as a driver in the LMP1 sports car. He's shown his ability to handle the switch from the DTM car to an LMP1 prototype in track tests.

"Together with Marco Bonanomi and Oliver Jarvis he's forming a promising trio that'll truly strengthen our line-up in the races it'll be running in."